seafarers cheated by fraud RPSL and unscrupulous shipping and ship manning
companies abroad now can report such incidents to Director General of Shipping
Communication (DGSC) that is mandated by Director General of Shipping to
document the contact details of such companies. DGSC would maintain a database
of such companies for the benefit of employment seeking crewing community at
times, a number of cases are being reported of Indian seafarers being stranded
at foreign ports working on foreign flag ships, non-payment of wages for
months, non availability of provisions on board a ship. Many such cases are
those who have not taken their employment through a registered Recruitment
& placement Service in India and were engaged directly on foreign ships or
through unrecognized/unauthorized agents.
seafarers are recruited on board merchant shipping vessels by the shipowner
themselves or through registered Recruitment Provider Service Licence(RPSL).
Since the Maritime Labour Convention has come into force, the recruitment &
placement of seafarers on board vessels worldwide has come under the ambit of
Merchant Shipping (Recruitment & Placement of Seafarers) Rules, 2016.India
has ratified the MLC Convention and promulgated Merchant Shipping (Maritime
Labour) Rules, 2016.
Directorate General of Shipping has time and again issued intimation for all
Indian national seafarers to be cautious and take the employment only through a
registered RPS. In order to create a centralized data base of such incidents,
it has been decided that any person receiving information about such cases
would intimate such cases to the Directorate General of Shipping Communication
(DGCOM) Center along with the detail of the ship and IMO number, port at which
the ship is anchored or its next port of call, name and INDOS No. of the
seafarers, name of RPS, name of the Shipping Company etc. . The contact details
of DGCOM Center are given as under: E-mail id: email@example.com.