Positive outcomes from remote meeting with the Ministry of Transport

Yesterday, in a remote meeting with the Lithuanian Maritime society, the Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis, stressed a need to set priorities of the most important issues for shipowners and seafarers. The meeting agreed on the resumption of the activities of the Maritime Advisory Council in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, bringing together professionals in this field.

The issue currently facing shipowners is the regulation of national crew manning rules. Lithuanian legislation stipulates that
a ship’s crew must constitute at least half of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania or the other Member States of the European Union or the states of the European Economic Area. The recent shortage of qualified seafarers makes it difficult to perform proper shipowners’ business.