Norwegian Ambassador Ann Ollestad signed an Agreement of Recognition of Seafarers Certificates issued by The Republic Union of Myanmar on November 24 with the Myanmar Department of Marine Administration under the Ministry of Transport, represented by Director General U Maung Maung Oo. Myanmar seafarers are now eligible to work on board Norwegian vessels. The Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian Maritime Authoritity, the Norwegian Shipowner's Association, Innovation Norway and a number of ships management service companies have worked together with the Myanmar Department of Marine Administration in order to get the agreement signed.
The agreement opens for job opportunities in the Norwegian merchant fleet for highly qualified Myanmar seafarers. In addition, it could over time open up a new recruitment base for Norwegian companies in addition to the Philippines. In the long run, Norwegian maritime operators may look to set up businesses and training facilities in Myanmar
The picture shows Director General U Maung Maung Oo of the Myanmar Department of Marine Administration under the Ministry of Transport with H.E. Ambassador Ann Ollestad and Consellor for Aid, Mr. Harald W. Mathisen