How does eMigrate affect seafarers directly recruited by companies abroad?

Questions are still circulating about the E-migrate system in place regarding people who used to be employed directly by companies who had no offices in India.

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3 dead, 1 hospitalized due to gas poisoning in bulk carrier cargo hold

In the morning of Jul 24, tragedy struck in the port of Portocel, Brazil when three port workers died and one was hospitalized after they inhale toxic gases in a cargo hold of bulk carrier Sepetiba Bay. (IMO No. 9496343) The ship was offloading wood which was treated for protection with gas, according to the local trade union. One worker went down into the hold and lost consciousness. The other three workers tried to help him but were also affected. One of the workers managed to climb to the cargo deck, but the other three workers lost their lives.

Bulk carrier SEPETIBA_BAY
Img courtesy: marinetraffic.com

We have seen this time and again. Improper entry procedures followed when entering an enclosed space and the rush to rescue a fallen colleague without considering the ramifications of the hastily taken actions.

Drills are conducted time and again, the procedure is hammered into the head:

  • Do not enter before gas freeing in conducted.
  • Do not enter before testing the atmosphere.
  • Do not enter without protective gear.
  • Do not enter alone.

And even then we continue to have fatalities.

In this case though, these were port workers. Do they get the same training? Are they also trained to rescue from enclosed spaces? Other questions that will be raised was whether the proper procedure for gas freeing was followed by the ship personnel. Will the fact that the ship was Liberian flagged cast aspersions on the investigation about rules not being strongly enforced? The hastiness to rescue their colleague led to the loss of three lives. one can only hope that we focus on making enclosed space entries safer for our colleagues.

Triple collision in the Suez Canal results in 5 ships damaged and temporary Canal block

Suez Canal Map
Img courtesy: kids.britannica.com

Over the weekend, a grounding of a container ship due to engine failure resulted in a cascading effect of a total of 5 ships being involved in multiple collisions and ended up temporarily blocking the Suez Canal. Continue reading “Triple collision in the Suez Canal results in 5 ships damaged and temporary Canal block”

Day of the Seafarer – 25th June 2018

Another year has passed by and we’ve come to another celebration of the Day of the Seafarer. So what exactly is the Day of the Seafarer or DotS, as it is popularly referred to on social media campaigns?  Continue reading “Day of the Seafarer – 25th June 2018”

Clarification by MMD regarding FAKE Age Limitation letter

 

 

Fake MMD letter
Image source: Whatsapp

Over the last couple of day an image of a notification purportedly by the Mercantile Marine Department, India made the rounds on Whatsapp titled ‘Age Limitation in Merchant Ships’, wherein it was mentioned that most of the injuries/accidents/deaths onboard happened to seafarers above the age of 50 yrs and as such there would be a block on seafarers above the age of 50 yrs from sailing with effect from 20.02.2018. Continue reading “Clarification by MMD regarding FAKE Age Limitation letter”