Timorese seafarer urges gov’t and ships companies to hire Timorese professional mariners

Timorese seafarer urges gov’t and ships companies to hire Timorese professional mariners

Timorese Mariner, Vigario Emanuel Sousa (Photo/special)

DILI, 27 june 2023 ( TATOLI) — Member of the Timor-Leste Seafarers’ Association (AMTL), Vigario Emanuel Sousa, urged the Government of Timor-Leste and shipping companies to cooperate with AMTL to hire Timorese professional seafarers to operate cargo vessels.

According to Sousa, many Timorese sailors graduated from various countries so they could help operate the ships.

“We finished Navy boot camp and graduated as sailors from various countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries, therefore Timor-Leste has sufficient resources to help operate our ships in the country. I urge the Timorese Government and ships company to cooperate with AMTL to hire Timorese seafarers to operate the vessels,”

He said the function of sailors is to operate and maintain cargo vessels and other types of ships. They are generally responsible for the safety and security of their shipmates and the ships.

According to Sousa, seafarers from Timor-Leste are experienced enough to provide professional mariners services, because they have worked on the Nakroma-Berlin and Sucess ferries and other international container shipping companies.

“The Timorese sailors who have experience working at the Nakroma-Berlin Ferry were completing their studies at the Jakarta Academic Maritime Development, therefore they are professional seafarers and we are pleased,” he said.

In a previous interview with the Chairman of AMTL, Simplicio Ximenes said, AMTL was established in 2019 to lead the maritime sector in Timor-Leste, facilitating maritime needs, and accommodate the human resources in the marine and fisheries sector in order to support the demanding of the company and the Government’s operational shipping in Timor – Leste and overseas.

Ximenes also said that currently, AMTL has registered 203 members.

With that goal in mind and the number of seafarers registered with AMTL, Ximenes also asked the Government to prioritize maritime courses and maritime jobs in Timor-Leste.

“We ask the government to prioritize this area going forward in the future,” said Simplicio.

Seafarers are people who work on board ships as part of the ship’s crew and may work in one of a number of different areas related to the operation and maintenance of ships. To be able to work on a ship, a sailor must have a marine special certificate issued by a maritime training institute.


Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B.


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