Amid continued, almost daily reports of crew abandonment worldwide, India’s directorate general of shipping has set up a call line for seafarers in distress.
The directorate general of shipping communication centre has been created to report all complaints and grievances of Indian seafarers.
Anyone who senses Indian seafarers are working in incorrect conditions can contact the new centre via this email – firstname.lastname@example.org – with the directorate general then promising to follow up any complaint with relevant authorities.
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 was amended in 2014 to implement requirements for financial security – in force since January 18 this year – to cater for support to abandoned seafarers and safeguarding up to four months’ owed contractual wages and entitlements.
Nevertheless, Splash continues to be inundated every week with reports of dire conditions onboard many abandoned vessels around the world.