The Vietnam Maritime Administration and the Seamen’s Employment Centre of Japan (SECOJ) signed an agreement on training maritime lecturers in Hanoi on March 11.

Lecturers with at least one year of experience from Vietnamese maritime training schools will be sent to attend annual English training courses in Japan.

As from this year, four Vietnamese will receive training Japan under the agreement instead of two in previous years.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Naoya Nakamura who is in charge of the cooperation programme said a mere two percent of sailors working on Japanese ships are Japanese citizens, while 75 percent are from the Philippines. He added that the total number of foreign seamen working on Japanese ships is 56,000.

Head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Nguyen Nhat said the demand for skilled maritime officers in Vietnam is very high.

The cooperation programmes with Japan and other countries in the field is to increase the quality of the maritime staff.

Statistics show around 2,000 Vietnamese seamen are working on foreign ships at present, a significant drop from 6,000 in several years ago, while 25,000 are employed at home.-VNA