SEAFARERS ARE FRONTIER WORKERS: DG SHIPPING INDIA
In a process of vaccination, dg shipping comes out with a piece of great news for all seafarers that seafarers will be count as key frontline workers.
This is great news for the seafarers that want to work on a ship or in process of joining the ship or cruise. this notification will boost the process of vaccination of covid-19.
In the gazette notification dated 21.12.2020 F.no.23-66011/2/2020-CREW-DGS, DGS circular no.37 of 2020 states that seafarers are the “KEY WORKWORKERS” counted to be essential services.
These notifications state that seafarers plays important role in the global supply chain to respond to and recover from covid-19.by the help of the “essential service maintenance act 1968.which give parliament a absolute power in emergency situation to put any transportation sector as a essential sector in the time of emergency situation.
Who are seafarers:
Any person who is working or traveling by ship is count as a seafarer. this includes both who are working in the vessel, containers ships, logistics ship, cruise lines, or any yacht.
How it will benefit seafarers :
Due to the covid -19 pandemic, there is a lot of concern in the travel industry about the outbreak of covid -19 from person to person and vaccine is the only solution to retain this novel virus. this notification will be an advantage to seafarers as they will be given preferences first and join ships as much early as possible.
As of now, there is a lot of talk about:” vaccine passport” which mean for public facilities such as restaurants, gyms, and hotel in the country which can be used to travel internationally certification for traveling.
This statement comes after the statement and press releases issued by the UN, TO TREAT SEAFARERS AS KEY WORKERS ON November 2020.
These press releases raised concern about the situation faced by seafarers. which has enabled governments across the globe to take care of safeguards of seafarers for their operations and doing their duty most effectively.