With a view to facilitate “sign on” of Indian seafarers at foreign ports, the Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed Indian seafarers to travel by Chartered flights arranged by employers in addition to the Vande Bharat flights operated by Air India.
With this the Indian seafarers are allowed to sign-on & sign-off at all Indian ports, anchorages of Indian ports and also at any foreign port, provided the other country allows them to join from their ports.
Once again , India has taken a lead in crew change while ensuring protection of its seafarers, wrote DG Shipping India, Amitabh Kumar.
Further, giving a huge relief to the Indian seafarers waiting to come back home, the employers have also been allowed to Charter flights to repatriate Indian seafarers back home. This is in addition to their repatriation through Vande Bharat flights, added Amitabh Kumar.