On the sidelines of the Port States Forum parallel to the World Maritime Day in Panama, the Iranian Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development met with the Polish Minister of Marine Economy, Panamanian Minister of Maritime Affairs, and the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Iran-Poland Port & Maritime MOU Welcome
According to a report by the Public Relations Bureau of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), Mr. Marek Gróbarczyk and Mr. Mohammad Rastad discussed different issues, including the conclusion of a port and maritime agreement, and recognizing seafarers' certificates in accordance with the provisions of the Manila Amendments, 2010 to the STCW Convention. The Polish Minister then invited the Iranian delegation to pay a visit to the ship construction industries in his country.
Planning for Iranian Audition of Panamanian Maritime Training Centers
Upon an invitation by the Panamanian Minister of Maritime Affairs, Mr. Rastad met and negotiated with Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty. During this meeting, the two sides discussed major maritime issues, conclusion of a port and maritime agreement between the two countries, and audition of the Panamanian maritime training centers for bilateral recognition of seafarer's certificates, which resulted in the initial agreement for planning the audit by the Iranian side.
Higher Inclusion of Iranian Maritime Experts in IMO Projects Emphasized
During a separate meeting with the Mr. Kitack Lim, the PMO's Managing Director described the latest plans and measures of the Islamic Republic of Iran in regard to promoting maritime safety and protecting the marine environment, and emphasized the need for higher inclusion of specialized maritime personnel of his country in the maritime capacity-building projects conducted by IMO. He then formally invited Mr. Lim to attend the ceremony to be held in September 2018 in Iran to honor the 70th anniversary of IMO's foundation.
According to the same report, the parallel event for World Maritime Day in Panama was attended by port and maritime ministers and officials of port States, and focused on issues such as "maritime empowerment and planning for IMO technical cooperation with member States, and the present challenges for maintaining the current officers at sea and attracting competent seafarers and officers to this industry", and "maritime security and cyber-security at sea, and the measures taken at the global level against piracy and armed robbery of ships".
Iranian Role in Ensuring Maritime Security Highlighted
The Iranian Deputy Minister then mentioned the proposals of his country for better use of IMO resources and technical cooperation plans of that international organization to its member States, and highlighted the effective measures of the Iranian Navy for ensuring maritime security for ships operating under the flag of Iran or other countries in dangerous areas in terms of security, as well as the significant Iranian role in guaranteeing cyber-security and preparing the syllabus for different maritime security training