Mundra port has been a key player in facilitating crew
changes for vessels and has been a preferred destination for carrying out such
activities, with a fully operational immigration check post, Captain Sachin
Srivastava, HOD, Marine Services, said in a January 8 circular to shipping
Nominal facilitation charges of $20 per person
for any crew change from Feb 1
To facilitate the same, a nominal facilitation charges of
$20 shall be applicable per person for any crew change at Mundra port from
February 1, he said.
Crew change facilitation charge include screening and
clearance at port security gate but excludes immigration and Customs charges.
The planning for Covid-19 test, quarantine compliance,
logistics and mobilisation for all associated services should be arranged by
the shipping agents/lines.
The Covid-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and transit
have severely impacted crew change on ships globally.
4 lakh seafarers now stranded on ships
due to pandemic restrictions
Some 4 lakh seafarers from across the globe are now
stranded on ships, continuing to work but unable to be relieved, in a deepening
crew change crisis which threatens trade and maritime safety.
Some seafarers have now been at sea for 17 months without
a break, well beyond the 11-month limit set out in the Maritime Labour
Convention (MLC). Besides the 4 lakh seafarers stuck at sea, another 4 lakh are
unable to join ships.
The government has allowed sign on and sign off of Indian
as well as foreign seafarers at Indian ports based on a standard operating
procedure/protocol framed by the director general of shipping.
India, one of the top five suppliers of crew to the
global shipping industry, has also designated seafarers as “key workers”.
Seafarers as keyworkers exempted from
covid travel restrictions
A “key worker” designation for seafarers exempts these
professionals from specific Covid-related travel restrictions, allowing them to
travel between their country of residence and ships, and to be repatriated at
the end of their contracts.
From December 1, 2020, Kattupalli port near Chennai and
run by APSEZ started levying a facilitation charge of $50 per person for crew