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J. M. Baxi executes crew change at Mumbai, Paradip and Dhamra ports

India's leading steamer agent J M Baxi and company has executive crew changes in as many as three Indian ports including Mumbai.

The crew change at Mumbai port was effected at the outer anchorage of the port as it was carried out in a very large crude carrier MT Eagle Victoria

Since the vessel’s draught was 21.50 metres and it was fully loaded with cargo, the crew change was carried out at Outer anchorage with cargo discharge into three daughter vessels simultaneously.

The company’s Mumbai team proactively accepted this challenge, and all safety precautions were taken by following the norms and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by DG Shipping. 

Embarkation and disembarkation of 5 sign-on and 5 sign-off crew were efficiently arranged. Upon disembarkation, Covid-19 samples of the crew were collected and their immigration, PHO formalities conducted as per the SOPs promulgated by Mumbai Port and DG Shipping.

As per the ongoing lockdown procedures, signed-off crew can proceed to their hometowns only after their Covid-19 test results are received

As per the ongoing lockdown procedures, signed-off crew can proceed to their hometowns only after their Covid-19 test results are received and once all permissions from the authorities are obtained.

Till then, they are being accommodated in state-approved hotels, and will later be dropped off to their respective home towns.

The steamer agencyJ. M. Baxi  thankedn Mumbai Port authorities, Port Health Officer Customs, Immigration and Customs authorities  for extending their cooperation for the crew change.

Crew change at Paradip & Dhamra ports

Paradip Port is the first Major Port on the eastern seaboard of India to issue an SOP for crew change in accordance with the MHA and DG Shipping guidelines. 

In yet another first for J. M. Baxi & Co., the maiden crew change, from M.V. Sunlight Express (9 sign-ons & sign-offs each) was carried out at Paradip on May 7 and 8th.

The ADM of Paradip, Mr K. C. Dhir, facilitated the setting up of a Covid-19 testing centre for the ship’s crew inside the port. At the same time, the state administration was approached to verify and approve Hotel Golden Anchor as a private quarantine centre exclusively for seafarers.

As per the process, the crew was signed off from the vessel, the Covid-19 sample was taken and the crew accommodated in a designated hotel till the test results were received. If the result is negative, the crew is allowed to go home after getting permission/travel permits from all port/governmental authorities. Till date, no positive case has been detected, said the release.

Thereafter, in the past few weeks, J. M. Baxi has successfully handled sign-offs from M.V. Atlantic Harmony (1 crew member), M.V. Aquintania (3 crew members) and MT Dawn Madurai (5 crew members).

 Paradip Port now very convenient for ships to carry out their crew changes and their cargo operations

Therefore, Paradip Port has now become very convenient for ships to carry out their crew changes while their cargo operations are in progress.

With the crew change procedure having been streamlined by J. M. Baxi & Co., even agents who do not have local offices at Paradip have easily followed this procedure successfully. 

J. M. Baxi thanked the Director-General of Shipping; Paradip Port Trust Chairman, Mr Rinkesh Roy; DC, Capt. Mohapatra; HM, Capt. Sahoo; PHO, Mr Panigrahi; ADM, Mr K. C. Dhir; State Covid Centre I/C, Dr Basant; and Local Immigration Officer, Mr Manas Das, for facilitating this process.

In addition, the company has also been the first to take the initiative to facilitate crew changes at Dhamra Port.

Arrangements were made with DG Shipping to include the port in their E-Pass Module and WIP Bhadrak to facilitate immigration procedures for the first time ever. Nine sign-ons and sign-offs for M.V. Darya Padma are being done for the very first time at Dhamra Port.

J. M. Baxi expressed its gratitude for the continuous support from Capt. PS Patra, Dhamra Marine Head, the local Custom House, and the SP of Bhadrak District, Mr Rajesh Pandit, for facilitating the immigration process which was set into motion and flawlessly executed.

The team of J. M. Baxi & Co., comprising the Regional Head Capt. Rakesh Singh and other staff members at Paradip and Dhamra, made all this possible under the guidance of Capt. Raja Mitra and others of the head office, the release added.

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