On 02nd July, DG Shipping issued a circular regarding Maritime Training Institutes charging exorbitant fees via agents, issuing certificates to candidates who do not have the requisite attendance or those candidates who just pay the fees for the course and ask for the certificate.
On 21st June, DG Shipping had issued a circular blacklisting a MTI and warning 488 seafarers to show proof of training or have their certificates suspended.
This new circular 11/2019 declares the punishment to seafarers, training institutes and instructors upon being caught in an effort to clamp down on the unscrupulous practices in the training segment of the maritime industry.
If a seafarer finds his INDoS number suspended, he will have to submit proof of attendance to the Directorate within 15 days, or if sailing, then within 15 days of signoff. Submitting falsified evidence of attending the course will result in suspension of CDC and INDoS number for minimum 5 years.
Prior to the verification, if the seafarer informs the Directorate by letter or email that he/she has obtained a course certificate from a MTI approved by the Directorate through illegal means and provides an assurance to repeat all such courses, disciplinary action like cancellation of CDC and INDoS number for a minimum period of 1 year will be initiated. The candidate will have to complete the courses within this 1 year.
Prior to the verification, if the seafarer who has obtained a course certificate from an MTI approved by the Directorate through illegal means and repeats all such courses, disciplinary action like cancellation of CDC and INDoS number for a minimum period of 2 years will be initiated. The candidate will have to complete the courses within these 2 years.
Candidates are also advised to pay the course fees which are mentioned on the MTI website directly to the MTI and not to any agent.
The MTI will conduct the courses in the premises approved by the Directorate and the principal and instructors who are caught perpetrating a fraud by issuing certificates for candidates not attending courses, showing themselves as part of faculty when actively sailing etc will have their CDC, INDoS number and other certificates cancelled for a minimum period of 5 years.
The previous instance of DGS investigating a MTI resulted in the MTI accepting that more that 50 certificates were issued to seafarers who did not attend the course. All these seafarers have been contacted to verify their claims for the certificate.
Do remember: Report if you see such instances.
The email id is firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping quiet may only result in you having to prove your certificate as genuine at a later time.