News Bulletin – 7 April 2018

1. India Ports Global orders 14 gantry cranes for Chabahar

6 April 2018 : India Ports Global Pvt Ltd has ordered 14 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, or RTGCs, for about $18 million from Finnish crane-maker Cargotec OYJ for use at the Chabahar port in Iran. “Cargotec emerged the lowest bidder and we have signed the contract,” Arun Kumar Gupta, Managing Director, India Ports Global, told.

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2. Seafarers’ association wants resolution on certification issue

6 April 2018 : Additional director general of shipping Amitabh Kumar on Thursday assured members of the Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) that he will try to find a solution to the seafarers’ issue of being prevented from travelling abroad for employment on cruise liners, since some seamen had not cleared their SSC examinations. Passing SSC exams is necessary for those applying for the continuous discharge certificate (CDC), which is required for work purposes in the shipping line.

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3. ITF elects Nigerian chairman of seafarers section

4 April 2018 : The International Transport Federation has elected Mr. Adewale Adeyanju as chairman of its seafarers section for the African region. Adeyanju, who is the President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, was unanimously elected chairman at the ninth African Regional Conference hosted by the Nigerian chapter of the ITF in Abuja.

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4. India blacklists UAE shipping recruiting agencies

2 April 2018 : India has blacklisted some of the UAE-based shipping recruiting agencies, which abandoned Indian seafarers stranded in Dubai for last 22 months. The UAE-based agencies that employed Indian seafarers onboard various vessels, including Shah Al Arab Marine Agency, Enjaz 1 & 2, MV Azab, Sharjah Moon, Alco Shipping Services LLC and Azwa, have been blacklisted by Directorate General of Shipping under the shipping ministry.

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5. UAE cracks down on ship owners who abandon seafarers

2 April 2018 : The Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for Land and Maritime has started cracking down on ship owners abandoning and ill-treating seafarers. The authority has banned all ships belonging to a shipping company, which did not protect seafarers’ rights, from operating in the UAE waters. The ban on ships belonging to Venous Ship Management and Operation LLC based in Fujairah was announced in a circular [No (9) 2018] issued to ports authorities, harbour masters, ship agents and seafarers.

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