Draft Policy For Maritime Sector Emphasizes On Maritime Training

Government of India has released its draft policy for the Maritime Sector for general review. The policy has given special attention to the Maritime training.

In his covering note, Mr. DT Joseph, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has emphasized that Government should be concerned in infrastructure structure with policy making, resource generation and regulation rather than with implementation and day-to-day administration for which the field level officers, agencies and PSUs should be strengthened and left free to manage, improve and develop without interference from any quarter.

Further Mr. Joseph has written ” I am convinced that India has great potential in her ports, ships and seamen. I am convinced that all players in the maritime sector should close ranks urgently and take the maximum advantage from the maritime resources – Nature has endowed us with – for trade,  employment and development of India”

The draft policy has a separate chapter for SHIPPING AND MARITIME TRAINING and opens with a point “India at present is ranked 17th Maritime nation in the world. The total tonnage under Indian Flag has remained stagnant since 1996 at around 6 to 7 million GRT. The importance of Shipping can be gauged from the fact that the maritime trade is carried on through the shipping mode. In addition, shipping sector is an important foreign exchange earner; it also offers great potential for employment generation both at home and abroad on board and ashore. The sector needs focused policy support through simplification of procedures and providing cargo support to promote shipping and also to derive benefits of 100% FDI permissibility. ”

The draft policy highlights on the following points with regards to the seafarers:

  • Development of Maritime University
  • Opening of Examination centers in major cities of the country.
  • Efforts to introduce regular pension scheme for seafarers.
  • Aggressive Marketing strategies for employing Indian Seafarers abroad.
  • Measures to employ ex-Indian Navy personnel in Merchant Navy.

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  1. There is no need of marketing strategies, as already there is a surplus no of seafarers. Instead the govt should be looking to improve the basic eminities which a seafarer should be granted in his country, for ex: awarding a degree on completion of masters, as the indian system of examination is one of the toughest in the world.

  2. A centralise employment exchange needs to be set up for providing employment to the candidates looking for job and on board training as Deck Cadets

  3. Ministry of Shipping should take a major step in order to provide jobs for junior engineers both in indian shipping and foreign shipping companies. These young engineers are undergoing through a tough exam. system in india after all. So, every company should co-operate with the young engineers.

  4. Graduation degree should be offered by D.G. on successful completion of first mate examination.

  5. There is enough training existing. DO NOT FLOOD the market there will be many jobless, what with competition from China etc.-example BPO. Watch the joining to retirement ratio carefully and then cautiously go on to aggressive international marketing. CREATE A DEMAND or you will leave hundreds starving!!

  6. EFFORTS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO CLUB UP GROUPS OF OTHER PROFFESSIONALS SERVING THE MARITIME INDUSTRY EG. REEFER ENGINEERS, GAS ENGINEERS, SOME RECOGNITION SHOULD BE GIVEN BY CONDUCTING EXAMS THROUGH M.M.D

  7. To encourage shipping 1)Get Tax Free benifit to all serving seafarers instead Taxing them like some countries do. 2)Exam for Deck and Engineer Officers are labourious compared to UK hence India looses revenue. 3)Ports need to be more competative.

  8. The ministry must waaste no time in tapping the huge market of ship repairs. The ministry must work to sustain Ship repairs and other means of employment schemes in Indian ports. This will provide employment to millions Indian workers who work in Gulf & Singapore.

  9. All master(FG) and Class I engineers should be awarded graduation so that they can immigrate to other jobs once they are fed up of sea.

  10. GOVT SHOULD CONTROL THE NUMBER OF TRAINING INSTITUTES. SINCE LOTS OF JOB OPPUTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT NCV SECTOR,THE SKIPPERS (F.V)SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GET EQUIVALENT NCV MASTERS LIKE NAVAL OFFICERS. AS PROJECTED BY OUR SHIPPING SECRETARY,WE MUST EXPLORE ALL THE POSSIBILITIES TO DEVELOP OUR INLAND WATERWAYS.

  11. Government should control the number of CDCS issued as there are loads of trainee seamens available but lack of jobs.

  12. Government must provide provisions for retired seafares community, who have earned weallth in terms of foreign exchange, serving at high seas.

  13. Tell TOLANI MARITIME INSTITUTE not to try and flood the market by taking 200 engineering cadets per year.

  14. Min. of Transport and Min. Of Communication & IT should give opputunities to Radio officers on ships and land stations taking into consideration the misuse of GMDSS System and activation of false alarms.

  15. IGNOU is giving BSc Nautical Science Degree. Deck cadets , 3/O,2/o etc. should be permitted to join the course and take the degree with less period since they had already gained sufficient experience.

  16. 1. REGULAR PENSION SCHEMES URGENTLY REQUIRED 2. GOVT. SHOULD TAKE MEASURES SO AS MAXIMUM INDIAN SEAFARERS ARE EMPLOYED. 3. TRAINING OF SEAFARERS – WHAT ABOUT BOARDING / LODGING WHEN A SEAFARER REPORTS FOR JOINING / TO CARRY OUT COURSES.

  17. Govt. must make policy to employ seafares eradicating ajents who misguide the students living in villages taking lot of money for placment.

  18. Finance ministry to make NRI status to be every alternate year & not every year. Retirement pension for seafarer is a must. Ship building in India will give million of oppurnities for jobs as we have lot of potential to compete in the world market.

  19. I feel there is a tremendous demand of Tanker Officers. In order to meet the present upsurge in demand relaxation ought to be given to top eng officers. Also there should be some changes in certs required to be brought about in which navy officers can be mobilised for AHTS vessels & OSVs operating foreign waters. Udya Marine LLC Dubai

  20. Govt should take the firm steps to upgrade the infrastructure needed for opening shipping company offices in India. Tax structure to be redefined to attract shipping and trading business to india.

  21. Indian officers (both Deck & Engine) who has done Exams from common wealth countries ,By attending 6/12months course & passed thier competey Exams should be treated Eligible for any martime job in India & give Equal value for shore job in India.

  22. Delayed , nevertheless a good effort to harness the vast potential the nature has bestowed on this nation. would be nice if Jobships can provide the draft policy on the net or suggest how one interested may get to read it.

  23. Government must take serious action against the shipping companies who victamise the sea farers for thier financial benefits.Read the article by opening this site- “http://prod.india.indymedia.org/en/2005/05/210560.shtm”

  24. The (S.W.F.S.) Mumbai,did recieve huge amounts of money from foreign shipping companys being the difference of wages for the retired registered indian seafarer. This money does not belong to the Government but still the S.W.F.S.has invested this money,GIVE PENSION OR PAY BACK THE MONEY.

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