The Director General of Shipping (DG Shipping) has extended the validity of seafarers’ certificates that were expiring between March 23 and October 01, 2020 by six months in a relief to crew working on board ships amidst a three-week lockdown.
“Now after taking stock and assessing the emerging Covid-l9 situation, the Directorate hereby extends the expiry date of all STCW certificates (includes the training certificates i.e. certificates required under Chapter VI of the STCW) and associated endorsements issued by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) which are expiring between 23 March and 1 October 2020 (both dates inclusive), for a period of six months from the expiry date printed/typed on the relevant certificate (Certificate of Competency (COC)/Certificate of Equivalency(COE)/Certificate of Proficiency (COP),” Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping, wrote in a April 3 order.
“However, all those seafarers who meet the eligibility requirements for revalidation may make an application after the lifting of the lockdown period, to the Mercantile Marine Department for revalidation of their certificate of COC/COP/COE,” Kumar said.
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