A Maldivian sea man died due to a heart attack yesterday (September 29) near Brazil.
Local media identified the man as Ibrahim Ali from Narugasvilla, from Thaa Atoll Kinbidhoo Island.
The man had been working on a ship called MV Dona Maria, travelling from Vitoria, Brazil. The ship is now destined to dock at Salvador to disembark the body of the man.
Speaking to Haveeru, Manager of Senco Maldives Mohamed Faiz Rashad said that the man was working on the deck when the heart attack occurred. The company arranges work for Maldivian sea farers.
The Maldives has signed the Maritime Labor Convention in celebration of the World Maritime Day with aims of more employment opportunities for Maldivian Seafarers and better working conditions.
The Minister of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed says the number of Maldivian seafarers has plummeted significantly over the years due to lack of interest in the field.
Saeed’s comment came after signing the Maritime Labor Convention at a ceremony held at State Electric Company (STELCO) to celebrate world maritime day.
“Maldivian crew members working aboard vessels have reduced to a mere 400. This is a very undersized figure, we need to boost it,” said Saeed.
It is believed that Maldivians will be given the opportunity work in foreign vessels now the nation has signed the maritime convention.
“Many employment opportunities will be opened for Maldivians since we are part of the convention now. In addition the convention also protects the rights of ship crews,” said Saeed.