The Hindu Business Line | 22 August 2017
Seafarers going abroad to work on ships beware! Those who have secured placement through a recruitment agent not registered with or licensed by India’s maritime regulator will not be allowed to leave the country.
The Director General of Shipping (DGS) is cracking the whip on recruitment and placement service (RPS) touts who snare desperate seafarers with impunity and leave them to fend for themselves during distress.
The maritime regulator is currently powerless to initiate action against the unregistered/unlicensed manning agents in the absence of penalty/prosecution provisions in the Merchant Shipping Act 1958.
The DGS has developed an e-migrate software for immigration of Indian seafarers after consulting the Protector of Emigrants (PoE) attached to the Ministry of External Affairs.