Ports and Maritime Affairs conducts the first specialized inspection training workshop
Ship Inspection and Control Workshop
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, the Ports and Maritime Affairs has conducted the first specialized training workshop into ship inspection and monitoring. The workshop was organized in line with the Tokyo and Riyadh memorandums of understanding for ship inspection and control, and supported by the Nippon Foundation. The workshop took place at the Art Rotana hotel from February 21 to March 3, in the presence of the Undersecretary of Ports and Maritime Affairs, Mr. Hassan Ali Al Majid, the secretariat head of Riyadh memorandum of understanding, the representatives of the Tokyo memorandum of understanding, and participating ship inspectors from Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain.
The course aimed to enhance the capabilities and skills of the maritime inspectors in keeping up with periodical updates and the obligations of the Kingdom of Bahrain toward those agreements. The workshop was conducted by experts in ship inspection and control, from New Zealand, China, Japan, and Chile. Noteworthy is that the course consisted of two parts. Theory in the first week, where it dealt with the examination of numerous safety topics, life protection, protection of maritime property and environment. The second week of the course focused on the practicality of ship inspection and control, and took place on ships currently stationed at the Khalifa bin Salman Port and Alba port.
His Excellency Mr. Hassan Ali Al Majid, commented on the course saying, “We are delighted to be hosting international experts to share their vast knowledge about the latest requirements and framework of ship inspection and control in light of the two memoranda of Tokyo and Riyadh. The Bahrain Maritime and Ports Affairs, as the only responsible supervisory authority in Bahrain, is committed to comply with the best international practices of maritime safety, and that is why the maritime navigation directorate at the Ministry of Transport management has paid extra attention to the training of national human resources to implement these agreements and ensure their application on foreign ships in the Kingdom’s ports."
He concluded by stressing that the importance of conducting these courses was vital in improving safety standards, and to provide appropriate training for employees in order to secure safe and efficient navigation in the maritime areas of the Arab Gulf region.
The memorandum of understanding for the Riyadh inspection and control of vessels was signed in 2004 and includes the Gulf Cooperation Council, to coordinate efforts between the Member States in reducing conflicting international standards between the ports of the Member States. The Kingdom of Bahrain has signed a number of agreements issued by the international Maritime Organization, which allows them the right to inspect ships, according to the terms of those agreements.