THE International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to protect the rights of all seafarers operating in UAE waters.
ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said the memorandum was a significant opportunity to work with the federation’s partners in the UAE to bring seafarers’ and workers’ safety to the forefront of the conversation.
We at the ITF are committed to ensuring seafarers are protected all around the world,” he said.
“This agreement is just the beginning and will hopefully pave the way for similar agreements in other territories; we are keen to work for greater co-operation in all areas of transportation.”
Dr Abdullah Belheif Al Nuaimi, minister of infrastructure development and chairman of the UAE Federal Transport Authority board of directors, spoke at the signing of the memorandum, saying, “This agreement allows us to consult, co-operate and coordinate jointly and continuously to find legal solutions regarding the abandonment of seafarers aboard ships, by ship owners and operators, and to work together to combat and prevent the occurrence of this phenomenon in the future.”
The ITF said it was the first agreement of its kind singed between it and a government authority.
Both the ITF and the UAE signalled their commitment to working together and sharing information to provide comprehensive and timely support to in-need vessels and seafarers within UAE waters.