Government allows foreign seafarers to sign on at Indian ports.

The government has allowed the foreign crew to embark on ships at India ports following through its July decision to let foreign seafarers sign off at the country’s ports.

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The decision to allow sign-on of foreign crew at Indian ports follows representations received from organizations such as the International Maritime Organization, International Labour Organization, International Civil Aviation Organization and International Chamber of Shipping to facilitate crew change at ports and airports to maintain uninterrupted supply chain and to avoid a humanitarian crisis at sea, director general of shipping, Amitabh Kumar said in a circular issued on Saturday.

The standard operating procedure (SOP)/protocol for sign-on of Indian seafarers issued in April will be applicable to sign on of foreign seafarers also, Kumar said.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

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