Job Opportunities for Sea Farers

2022-07-27 14:07:52 Sea Farers News

The Progressive Steps have been taken by Government of India to increase the job opportunities for seafarers in the last three years, Minister for Ports and Shipping Sarbananda Sonawal informed the Parliament.

They include a Three-Tier Mechanism of Learning comprises of E-Learning, Virtual Classes and passing of an On-line Exit Examination, Continuation of Maritime training during pandemic by digital/online mode, Biometric seafarer’s identity document is issued to the seafarers, Participation in international conferences to show case capabilities of Indian Seafarers. 

Directorate  General of Shipping has signed two MOUs with cruise shipping companies for establishing dedicated Institutes training of seafarers on Cruise vessels in India, Scholarship is given to women candidates to undergo maritime courses,  To release more ship board training slots, the directorate has allowed for ship board training of officers and ratings on tugs and offshore vessels. 

Various Standard Operating Procedures and Directorate General of Shipping Orders were issued from time to time for Crew Change in order to ensure smooth operation of supply chain, in the light of emerged COVID situation in the country. 

DGS Orders were issued from time to time to allow seafarers to retain validity of certificates enabling them to continue work or to join new vessel and Seafarers have been declared as "Key Workers". 

The Welfare schemes for seafarers are implemented by the Seafarer’s Welfare Fund Society (SWFS) (an autonomous body under Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways) from its own funds.

The contribution to the welfare fund corpus is made by Indian Shipping companies and Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers License holding companies (RPSL Companies), as per Government of India notifications. These notifications are issued by the Govt. of India, so as to build-up the welfare fund corpus of the SWFS to provide the welfare facilities to the Indian seafarers and their families, to comply the regulation of Maritime Labor Conventions of International Labor Organizations for seafarers, to which India is one of the signatory.

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