Anglo-Eastern’s RPSL suspended by India’s regulator.

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Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, one of the largest ship managers in the world, has had its recruitment and placement service license suspended by India’s Directorate General of Shipping. The suspension, which began on 1 June 2023 and will continue until 31 May 2026, is related to the death of a Chief Engineer on the Hong Kong-flagged M T Atlantic Olive. The ship was managed by Anglo-Eastern Ship Management when the engineer died on 17 April 2018. The suspension order was issued by the Director of Seamen’s Employment Office following an inquiry.

Anglo-Eastern Ship Management confirmed that it was discussing the license suspension with authorities, and that it was cooperating fully with all relevant parties. The ship manager was unable to comment on the case, but assured stakeholders that contingency plans were in place, and operations would continue unaffected. The Hong Kong-headquartered company employs more than 20,000 crew and provides crewing services to approximately 1,000 vessels worldwide. It was recently honoured as the top foreign employer of Indian seafarers by the Directorate General of Shipping in India’s 2023 National Maritime Awards.

Despite the suspension of its recruitment and placement service license, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management has assured stakeholders that there would be no impact on the company’s day-to-day operations, its seafarers, or the continuity of employment of seafarers. However, as the suspension is in place for a period of three years, it remains to be seen what the long-term impact will be. The company has a stated commitment to the employment, training, and wellbeing of Indian seafarers, and it is likely that this will be an ongoing concern as the company works to resolve the suspension.

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