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India : Shipping Ministry approves Revised cost estimates to augment Ship Repair facilities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands - Odisha Diary
Ministry of Shipping has approved the Revised Cost estimate of an amount of Rs. 123.95 crore for augmenting Ship Repair facilities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Shipping activities are lifeline of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, as majority of the development activities are linked to it. To keep the shipping activities alive without any interruption, the ship repair facilities are need to be developed. Due to significant increased ship movements, the existing repairing facilities at Port Blair are being augmented by the Ministry of Shipping.
Financial and Mental Pressures Weigh Heavily on Stranded Seafarers as Lockdown Continues.
Concern continues to grow for the tens of thousands of seafarers who are still unable to repatriate back to their family homes, and for those who are unable to reach their vessels and are therefore not being paid during the pandemic.
Two industry stakeholders have both been doing their best to understand the nature of the problems and, in their own way, attempt to ameliorate the situation. Charity Stella Maris has studied the major concerns affecting the sailors whilst insura
India : 600 stranded seafarers will arrive on Monday.
After their distress video seeking the government’s nod to return to India, seafarers aboard a Marella cruise vessel in South Hampton are on the way home. More than 600 stranded Indian seafarers, including 270 from Goa will arrive on Monday, on two flights to Goa and Mumbai, which has been chartered by the shipping company. While the flight to Goa will land early morning with 303 Goans and Maharashtrians, the second flight to Mumbai will land later the same day.
India : Seafarers on shore may lose NRI status as crew change drags.
Seafarers are staring at a collateral damage as an unending delay in replacing those working overseas on board ships much beyond their original contract tenures due to the pandemic induced restrictions, robs the chances of thousands waiting on shore in India for their next assignment and by default their tax-free status.
Currently, to qualify for non-resident Indian (NRI) status, like any other citizen of India, a seafarer has to stay outside India for 184 days or six months in a year. Consequently, his entire foreign income is not subjected to tax.
Drugs found on board of livestock carrier, Mauritius UPDATE
Customs and drug enforcement officers found drugs on board of livestock carrier LSS SUCCESS on Jun 13 in Port Louis, Mauritius. The ship arrived at Port Louis on Jun 13 from South Africa. Quantity and the name of the drug found weren t revealed, three crew reportedly were arrested.
India : 1500 seafarers to arrive at MPT on June 17.
In what could be termed as one of the largest repatriation, around 1,500 seafarers from Miami and other European countries will be brought to Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), on June 17.
Nodal Officer for Seafarers Repatriation and Secretary Ports P S Reddy informed Herald that the seafarers are coming from Miami and rest from Italy, Portugal, France and other European countries.
India : Passenger cap for tugs could delay crew change at port s outer anchorage.
Tugs, that are used to support crew change at the outer anchorage of Indian ports, will be allowed to carry a maximum of 20 passengers to ensure safety of the personnel and the tugs due to the onset of monsoon, said the Directorate General of Shipping (DG Shipping).
While recognising the necessity of crew change on ships manned by Indian seafarers and allow them to be repatriated, it is equally important to ensure the safety of the personnel and the tugs involved in such operations, the country s maritime administration said in a June 12 order.
40,000 cruise ship workers still trapped at sea.
More than 40,000 cruise ship workers are still stuck at sea because of concerns about the coronavirus.
The Miami Herald reports that at least 42,000 workers remain trapped on cruise ships without paychecks, and some still are suffering from COVID-19, three months after the industry shut down.
Cruise lines stopped sailing in mid-March after several high-profile outbreaks at sea.
India : MbPT to carry out largest crew sign-off.
The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), which is hosting three mega cruise ships, the Royal Carribbean s Anthem of the Seas, Celebrity Infinity and Carnival Splendor, for the next four days, is in the midst of carrying out the largest crew sign-off exercise involving 4,827 seafarers who are returning home after the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
The next few weeks are only going to get busier on the cruise liner front, with nine more ships - of the 13 that planned to visit Mumbai- already en route with 7,000 Indians on board.