Myanmar’s Department of Marine Administration (DMA) and the World Maritime University (WMU) put their signatures on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the creating of a network aimed at sharing experience and technology between the two bodies, as commented by official sources on Wednesday.

According to the stipulations dictated by the five-year MoU, the two bodies will work closely together on the design process of an e-learning and learning management system and on the implementing regulation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regarding the shipping industry of Myanmar.

Rescue exercise at WMU

The two bodies will also collaborate for the prevention of oil spillages, applied and research projects, maritime safety violations and issues, survey and updating of navigation aid in the territorial waters of Myanmar, effective management of the ports and shipping systems, protecting the environment as well as on maritime casualty investigation, according to the above-mentioned sources.

There are more than 60, 000 sailors in Myanmar and out of them 50 have graduated from the WMU and are currently employed by governmental organizations.

Meanwhile, a two-day World Maritime University Alumni Conference, co-organized by the DMA and the WMU, has been underway in Yangon since Tuesday, with its aim being the promoting of Myanmar’s maritime industry. Administrative oversight regarding quality in maritime education and training is among the key topics of the conference.