PMA employees pursue maritime qualifications
Bahrain’s minister of transportation Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed has revealed that the ministry is putting a big focus on investing in human talent and ensuring that government employees have necessary qualifications to perform their duties.
The transport minister, who is also acting chief executive of the Economic Development Board, met with employees of the Ports and Maritime Affairs (PMA) and reiterated the MoT’s commitment to equipping its employees with the right tools, skills and certifications.
Mohammed met with Captain Hesham Ibrahim, head of technical services at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port control tower, and five members of the PMA division who have been accepted at South Tyneside College in the United Kingdom in the diploma of shipping operations program.
Other PMA team members who are currently pursuing their degrees are Hisham Al Murbati and Yousif Bubshait who are currently completing their master studies in Maritime Safety and Port Management at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden.
During the meeting, Mohammed stated that young talent should be nurtured and cultivated to maximize the overall benefit of young professionals’ contribution to the development of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and that enabling these staff members’ studies is crucial especially in technical areas that are subject to the latest global technologies and standards which the Kingdom seeks to adopt.
With safety and security positioned as a top priority for MoT, the diploma in shipping operations will ensure that the officers responsible for monitoring safe navigation within Bahrain’s ports are well equipped and trained to carry out their duties.
In conclusion, Mohammed expressed his pride in and appreciation of young Bahrainis working in the ports and maritime industry who will be responsible for leading this industry into the future, and emphasised the government of Bahrain’s support for those pursuing their education and qualifications in this field.