In conjunction with the Day of the Seafarer, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has launched Salmeen initiative that aims to provide care to seafarers and those working in the maritime sector with comfort and safety.
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The initiative aims to cater to the seafarers needs, as they are one of the most important pillars of the maritime industry.
Salmeen contributes to enhancing the quality of life for seafarers and overcoming the challenges they face due to the pandemic and travel restrictions.
The key pillars of the initiative aim to open the door for seafarers to get the support they need.
This includes the best medical care, maritime education, training to build professional capabilities, as well as identifying and removing physical and social obstacles through effective cooperation between the public and private sectors.
This promotes the idea of empowering ‘Our Blue Army’, which aims to enhance the impact of qualified seafarers in the industry, to inspire the younger generations.
The Salmeen initiative will make all ship owners and maritime organisations responsible for supporting seafarers and providing them with full protection.
The Ministry has in place an ongoing monitoring system to ensure the implementation of the laws and initiatives and turn them into results. Seafarers work around the clock to support business continuity and facilitate seaborne trade in the UAE.
The initiative recognises their dedication to work under all circumstances.
Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, added: “Seafarers are considered frontline workers in the maritime sector, and one of the pillars of the industry that constitutes an added economic value to the Gross National Product. The Ministry has made significant achievements in protecting and supporting seafarers." ■
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