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
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