Govt proposes safeguards for Indians hired by foreign shipping cos

Date: 2020-08-24

The government has proposed strong safeguards for Indian seafarers being hired by foreign carriers.

The new rules under the Merchant Shipping Bill of 2016, which was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, require foreign carriers or their recruitment agencies to deposit a bank guarantee of up to Rs 20 lakh with the Director General of Shipping for every seafarer they hire.

The Director General of Shipping will have the right to invoke this bank guarantee in case the ship is ..