Shipping Regulator Issues ‘Urgent Advisory’ To Recruiting Agencies Amid West Asia Tensions

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  • The Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) issued an ‘urgent advisory’ for Indian recruiting agencies and seafarers concerning the ongoing situation in Iran and Israel to ensure the safety of Indian seamen in the vicinity of these two countries.

In light of the advisories concerning maritime security in the Iran and Israel region, the DGS urges all Indian registered Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers (RPS) agencies and shipping companies to exercise utmost caution and refrain from facilitating the engagement or deployment of Indian national seafarers to Iran or Israel until further notice from the Ministry of External Affairs. The advisory, issued on April 19, is in continuation of the Ministry of External Affairs’ caution regarding the current situation in this area.

Safety and Well-being Top Priority

The advisory is issued considering the security risks and potential hazards associated with operating in the vicinity of Iran and Israel. It emphasizes that “the safety and well-being of our seafarers remain our top priority.”

Immediate Contact with Indian Embassy

The DGS strongly advises the RPSL companies and the shipping companies to direct Indian seafarers currently employed or engaged on board vessels sailing in the vicinity of Iran or Israel to promptly contact the nearest Indian embassy and complete the formal registration process without delay. This is crucial to ensure that adequate support and assistance can be provided to them in case of any emergency or unforeseen circumstances.

Exercising Extreme Caution

The Directorate General of Shipping emphasizes the importance of exercising extreme caution and limiting movement to essential tasks only, considering the volatile security situation in the region. It is the collective responsibility to ensure the safety and security of seafarers, and the cooperation and compliance with this advisory are appreciated.

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Source: Telegraph India