Georgian sailors now have the opportunity to be employed on British commercial ships, Georgia’s Maritime Transport Agency (MTA) reports.
The Georgian Maritime Transport Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom have signed an agreement which details the mutual recognition of certificates for Georgian sailors training and certification standards in both countries.
The recognition of the UK means a declaration of full confidence in Georgia’s maritime education system, which is a result of tireless work and an important achievement of the Georgian maritime sector in the international arena”, said Tamar Ioseliani, head of the Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia.
Tamar Beruchashvili, the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has written in her post on Twitter that this is an 'important result of effective cooperation in challenging times'.
Excellent news this morning -UK #Maritime & Coastguard Agency & @MTA_Georgia completed signing procedure of MOUs for mutual recognition of #Seafarers ’s Certificates of Competency.Important result of effective cooperation in challenging times. @MCA_media @IMOHQ @MFAgovge ????????????????⚓️???? pic.twitter.com/r97ERCLlQm— Tamar Beruchashvili (@tberuch) May 22, 2020
The MTA of Georgia reports that over 1,800 ships sail under the British flag throughout the world.
The total gross tonnage of British flags amounted to 16 million tons at the end of 2018.