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Department for Transport written question – answered am ar 9 Chwefror 2024.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Llafur, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to support (a) training and (b) employment for UK-resident seafarers.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

DfT remains committed to future-proofing the training and employment of UK-based seafarers.

Our work includes the ongoing delivery of the Cadet Review recommendations, a Ratings Review which considered the barriers, opportunities, and growth areas for UK ratings, support for the Maritime Training (SMarT) programme and most notably the Seafarer Protections Nine-Point Plan to boost and reform seafarer protections and welfare. As part of the plan, we have delivered the Seafarers’ Wages Act to protects those working on ships operating a regular international service to/from the UK from being paid less than the National Minimum Wage while in UK territorial waters.

We launched the Seafarers’ Charter on 24 July 2023 which sets higher standards for working conditions than international minimum.

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