Tanzania joins international maritime agency, minister

22May 2020
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Tanzania joins international maritime agency, minister

 THE National Assembly has endorsed the ratification of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, 1995 which aims at further promoting safety of life and property at sea.

Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe.

The international convention is also aimed at promoting the protection of the marine environment by establishing common agreed international standards of training, certification and watch keeping for personnel employed on board fishing vessels.

Speaking when he tabled the convention in House yesterday, Minister for energy Medard Kalemani who represented, Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe said by ratifying the convention, Tanzania would join other 33 countries members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that have ratified.

“This convention is aimed at administering training, and quality of certificates offered to 24 –meter long fishing vessel personnel both locally and abroad,” the minister said.

The minister said as of 1994 fishing was seen as one of the risky jobs globally as it caused deaths to an average 24000 seafarers yearly. This was ten times of the deaths caused by merchant ships.

According to the International Labour Organisation until 1977, it was seen that seafarers were spending more hours at work without taking into consideration working conditions and without working tools.

The ministers said this was a result of lack of inspectors and trained assessors on fishing vessels.

The minister said the ratification of the convention will now allow the training institutions to offer global recognized deep sea fishing training and certificates at local colleges located Bagamoyo in the Coast region, Nyegezi in Mwanza, Kibirizi in Kigoma,  Rolya Mara and Mikindani in Mtwara.

The minister said delay to ratify the convention was denying Tanzanian seafarers the qualifications to be employed by international seafaring organizations.

This was also making Tanzania not a safe place for fishing because it has not reached the international standards hence making the country lose revenues because Tanzanians could not be employed elsewhere.