Some 16 Liberian seafarers are to shortly benefit from employment onboard foreign vessels flying the flag of Liberia in more than 15 years, according to the Liberia Maritime Authority.
The Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority Binyan Kesseley, who made the disclosure in Monrovia Tuesday, said this was made possible through serious consultations with both foreign vessels flying the Liberian flag and other vessels. The 16 seafarers expected to benefit are members of the Seafarers Association of Liberia.
Speaking at ceremony marking the signing of a collective bargaining agreement between the NOS Shipping Company based in Singapore and the Seafarers Association Tuesday at the Maritime offices in Sinkor, Commissioner Kesseley said the 16 Liberians have been contracted by the NOS Shipping Company based in Singapore for sea work, noting that the shipping company operates eight ships, and two Liberians will be assigned on each of them.
According to him, the management of the NOS Shipping Company and the United Seamen Ports and General Workers Union of Liberia Seafarers Section signed a collective bargaining agreement for smooth operation and excellent deal between the two parties, covers salaries, medical, vacations and welfare of the Liberian contractors.
“In 2006, the President signed the Maritime Labour Convention in Geneva, Switzerland; that convention provides mandate for flag state ships to grant employment facilitates for its citizens; the signing of said important convention has begun to pave the way for training and employment of Liberian seafarers”, said the Liberian Maritime Boss.
At the same time, Commissioner Kesseley has disclosed that Liberia has joined the 40 member countries that make up the decision-making of the maritime and marines globally. “We were elected to the 40 member countries that make up the highest decision of the International Maritime Organization or IMO. This organization is made up of 170 countries”, he indicated.
Mr. Kesseley said he was elected by his colleagues at the 27 Assembly of the International Maritime Organization as first chairman of the second committee of the IMO.
“This achievement has brought great credibility to the Government of Liberia. And we hope that this process will continue in order to have more than 3,000 Liberian seafarers employed onboard sea going vessels plying the Liberian flag”, he added.
Also speaking at the program, the President of the Seafarers Association of Liberia, Mother Y. Kpumeh, thanked the government through the Maritime Authority for the tireless effort in making show that the interests of the sea workers are protected.