Liberia and the Peoples Republic of China Sign Maritime MOU

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The Liberian Maritime Authority reports that it recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime Safety Administration of the Peoples Republic of China.

Liberia and China have entered into a framework for cooperation in maritime affairs to bolster and expand on their existing working relationship in areas of Maritime Safety. The delegates concluded this MoU in Beijing after several months of close discussions and cooperation.

The areas focused on by both parties are: Port State Control; Marine Environmental Protection; to Promote and Facilitate Maritime Transport between both nations; to Promote the Safety of Navigation at Sea; Seafarer Training and Welfare; and other areas concerning the safety of vessels at sea.

This MOU is part of the broader Maritime Agreement signed between Liberia and the People’s Republic of China which see’s Liberian flagged vessels given preferential status for reductions in port dues in China.

The Liberian Registry says the MOU continues its long-established track record of combining the highest standards of safety for vessels and crews with the highest levels of responsive and innovative service to owners. Moreover, it has a well-deserved reputation for supporting international legislation designed to maintain and improve the safety and effectiveness of the shipping industry and protection of the marine environment.