intervention of Directorate General of shipping Chennai port has decided to
grant shore leave to Indian seafarers operating in coastal vessels when their
ships are berthed in the port for cargo handling, according to port sources.
Shore leave is the period during which a
sailor is allowed to take a leave from the ship while the vessel is docked in
The period of the leave varies from a couple
of hours to a few days, depending on the time the ship is scheduled to be on
the port. During this period the sailors visit the city for shopping or other
general of shipping is understood to have taken exception to the practice of
some ports denying the facility of shore leave for the seafarers under some
pretext or other.
India being a party to the Maritime Labor
convention, it was incumbent on the part of port authorities to provide these
facilities to the seafarers who spend most of their time on the seas and look
forward to some outings in city ports when their vessels are berthed for cargo
handling. The average stay of vessels at ports has dropped considerably from 3
or 4 days to a day or two at present.
the seafarers shore leave the Chennai port authorities are understood to have
stipulated certain conditions including they should undergo appropriate
vaccination and wear masks.
A seafarers club operates near the Chennai port where recreation facilities
are made available to them at subsidized rates.