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Attention seafarers- Uploading sea service in Master Checker by RPS


        As per the instruction from DG shipping,  recruitment and placement of seafarers (RPS) agents are required to submit the details of the sea service of the seafarers recruited/placed by them on board Indian-foreign flag ships, by the 12th of every month. Earlier so many incidents took place in which mmds refused to accept examination application from candidates since their sea service was not reflected in dg shipping website (e-governace). Therefore, it becomes imperative that the RPS entities  upload complete and correct data of sea service in the e-governance system  of dg shipping.

Dg told that it is clearly unfair to penalise the seafarers for a mistake on part of the RPS and decided that the RPS agencies which do not upload the data of sea service of their respective seafarers would face immediate suspension of licenses. The RPS must upload the data by twelfth of every month. If due to any technical problems, the data cannot be uploaded in the same month, then the system would remain open for another two months, thus giving three months time to upload the same. which is quite sufficient. However the RPS agents are instructed that they should not wait till last moment, but complete the uploading in the first month itself.

So it is advised to all seafarers that they should check whether their sign on and sign off date correctly entered in the data base. If it is not added, then they must inform the respective RPS agent to add the same into the database. The dates cannot be entered after a time period of three months. Since seafarers go for a contract of more than three months, they must confirm that their sign on date is entered in the data base. They can check the details in MASTER CHECKER after loging into e-governace and are advised that they should regularly check the Master checker, particularly after their sign on and sign off and ascertain whether the RPS has correctly uploaded the details in the system. If not, they may immediately bring the same to the notice of RPS concerned. In spite of the above measures, if the ,RPS fails to upload the sea service, the seafarer would be provided a facility to claim such missing sea service by uploading the relevant pages of CDC, Passport, letter in support of sea service from RPS and a self declaration on genuineness of the sea service in his profile on e- Governance.

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Spark Erosion in bearing and shaft earthing devices


Spark erosion is micro pitting related to main bearings and thrust bearings where the bearing material (HMO7 or AlSn40) is corroded by electrical sparks from the bearing shell to the main bearing journal due to electro-potential difference between the crankshaft and the bearing. Spark erosion in AlSn40 bearings may develop faster than in HMO7 bearings. micro pitting marks on the sliding surfaces of main bearings and journals might result in a slight transfer of white metal stripes to the journal and faster wear down of bearing material.

Pitting Corrosion

Without a device, voltage differences of up to 350-450 mV can be measured between shaft and bearing. It has proved that sparks are normally not generated at a voltage below 80 mV. To avoid spark erosion, the volt¬age have to be reduced to a value below 50 mV by a shaft earthing device placed on the propeller shaft close to the engine. This can most easily be done by using a solid silver track as a slip ring, and silver/graphite material as brushes. The silver track material is superior because of its low electrical resistance, and the silver/graphite brush ensures that the system is self-lubricating and self-cleaning. The strip is connected to the hull via brush system to reduce the potential between shaft and bearing.

shaft earthing device


 A voltmeter is installed to ensure a continuous display of the potential difference. Readings in excess of 50 mV are a sign of worn brushes or poorly maintained brush gear and/or slip rings. The functioning of the earthing and measuring device is checked, first by releasing the earthing bushes from their contact with the shaft slip ring, which should then give a "high" voltage pulse of 100 - 400 mV, read at the meter. This indicates that the monitoring circuit is in order. Secondly, when the brushes once more are brought into contact with the slip ring, the reading should again fall below the 50 mV limit. The silver track and the silver/carbon brushes should not need any regular cleaning, but if oil is found on the track, it should be cleaned off carefully, using an electro-cleaner or similar solvent'

Notice to All Indian Seafarers from DG

The below message is for all the Indian seafarers from DG shipping. DG shipping is taking strong initiative against all fraud manning agents in India. Read the below message carefully and share with your friends,

Directorate General of Shipping, Govt. of India has noted with concern, the rise in number of complaints received from seafarers who are cheated/ fleeced by unauthorized recruitment and placement agents under pretext of offering them placement on board foreign flag ships. Common problems reported by the seafarers are;

1. In an event of seafarers meeting with an accident, injury, stranding or any other mishap, the unauthorized agencies do not provide any kind of assistance for repatriation / medical aid / compensation etc. 
2. Such unauthorized agencies do not provide assistance or make intervention in disputes regarding wages/compensation, arising between the seafarers and the foreign flag ship owners.  
3. In case of demise of the seafarer, unauthorized agencies avoid taking up responsibility of bringing mortal remains or arranging compensation.  

2. In all the above mentioned complaints, it becomes difficult for DGS, GoI to directly take up the matter with the foreign flag ships, as they do not come under its jurisdictional control.  It is therefore, requested that placement through unauthorized agencies may strictly be avoided, as it may lead to complications/problems for the seafarers. It may be noted that sea service through an unregistered agency cannot be uploaded in the e-governance system of DGS and therefore will not be considered by the DGS for examination/ certification.  It is therefore advised that the seafarers may get their placement on foreign flag ships only through registered placement and service agencies. List of such approved agencies is available in the website www.dgshipping.gov.in. Before considering any offer of appointment from placement agencies, you must check the website of DGS and ascertain whether such agency is registered or not. 

3. There could also be a case of some fraud agency impersonating as a Registered RPSL. As a measure of precaution, before considering an offer of appointment from any Registered RPSL, you may also contact the said RPSL on telephone or by an e-mail and ascertain its genuineness. The contact details of all such registered RPSL are also displayed in the website for information.
  
4. The registered RPSL are required to upload the details of your sea service in the e-governance system of the DGS. Such uploaded details are visible to the seafarer in the master checker of the seafarers profile in the e- Governance system. You are advised to regularly visit the master checker and check whether the RPS has correctly uploaded the dates of your sign on/ sign off in the system in the same month to ensure that your sea-service records are up-to-date.

 (Message copied from dg website)
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Documents for Level 1 (Operational) Dangerous Cargo (DC) Endorsements for Oil, Chemical and Gas in MMDs in India

The following documents are required to be produced to get the dangerous cargo endorsements for Oil, Chemical and Gas DC for Operational Level  in India

a) Certificate of Competency
b) Tanker Course (Oil/Chemical/Gas + Operation LCH) OR In lieu of above 3 months sea services on respective tanker
c) AFF
d) CDC
e) PP
f) INDOS
g) Medical Certificate(ILO-147)
h) 2 nos Photographs

Documents for DC Endorsement for Management level (level 2) for Oil, Chemical and Gas DC in MMD, India

The following documents are required to avail Dangerous Cargo Endorsements for Oil, Chemical and Gas DC for management level (Level 2) in various MMDs in India

Management Level (Level 2)
a) Certificate of Competency
b) SPCL TASCO/SPCL GASCO/SPCL CHEMCO
c) AFF
d) Mgmt level LCHS
e) Level I DCE
f) 3 monthssea service for type of tankers in last 5 yrs.
g) CDC
h) PP
i) INDOS
j) Medical Certificate
k) 2 nos Photographs

DG shipping new circular on procedure for application of COC

Here the scan copy of the circular on new procedure for issuance of COC

Source - dgshipping.gov.in


Complete List and Address of DG Shipping approved Doctors and Medical Examiners issuing Medical Certificates for MMD for Seafarers in India

Address of Dg Shipping approved medical doctors in Kandla, Jamnagar, Gujarat

GUJARAT
 JAMNAGAR
Sr. No.
Name of the Medical Examiners/ Year of Approval
Reference No.
 Full Style of Facility
.

Remarks
1. Suspension etc.
2. Validity of approval.
3. Next periodical inspection due.
1
Dr. M. M. Patel
Year-2001

J.M. Baxi & Company, Arihand Krupa, Near Panchavati Petrol Pump, Pandit Nehru Marg, Jamnagar-361002.            Tel: (0288) 671027 / 674028 / 557130  

2.
Dr. Bakulesh H. Rajyagor
Year-2005
Occupational Health Centre, Reliance Industries Limited, Hazira-Surat Road, P.O. Batha, SURAT-394510

3.
Dr. Rallapalli Rajesh
Year-2005
Occupational Health & Family Welfare Centre, Reliance Greens, Refinery Division, Motikhavdi, P.O. Digvijaygram,
Dist. Jamnagar-361140

4
Dr. Shah Sunil P
Year-2005

Clinic: Shah Hospital, Behind Janta Market-2, Opp Adarsh Market, Panchbatti,
Bharuch-392001
Phone-241402



KANDLA

Sr. No.
Name of the Medical Examiners / Year of Approval
Reference No.
 Full Style of Facility

Remarks
1. Suspension etc.
2. Validity of approval.
3. Next periodical inspection due.
01
Dr. Gyneshwar Rao year- 2007
 Clinic: Sivananda Hospital (The Divine Life Society), Post Office Road, Adipur, Kutch.
Phone-02836-260577, 263245 
Approval letter issued vide letter No.7-NT(5)/2007 dt 27th March, 2012

List and address of DG shipping approved doctors for MMD medical certificates in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana

Sr. No.
Name of the Medical Examiners  / Year of Approval
Reference No.
 Full Style of Facility
.

1



Dr. B.S. Bhatia
Year-2005

Clinic:  Kothi No.2103, Sector
35-C(Near Congress Office, Chandigarh
Phone-0172-2600931/2661789
2.
Dr. Jaideep Singh Chadha
Year-2005
Clinic: Iqbal Clinic, SGF 18,
Sector -8 /B, Chandigarh-160018
Phone - Clinic - 0172 2780401
3.
Dr.Sandeep Singhal (MC Regn No.18243)
Year 2010
Healthchek,
K-2/4. DLF Phase 2,
Gurgaon,

DG approved medical examiners for MMD in Pune, 2014

Sr. No.
Name of the Medical Examiners  / Year of Approval
Reference No.
Full Style of Facility


1
Dr.(Mrs.) Neela D. Kushte
Year-2001

Clinic: Kushte Nursing Home, Marine Medical Center, 5-Chatur Appts,
55/1,Law College Road., Pune -411004.
Telefax-25436450
2
Dr. P. N. Karani
Year-2001 
Karani Bhavan, Narangi Baug Road, Pune-411001
3
Dr. A. K. Prabhune
Year-2003

Clinic: Pawar Heights, Flat No.3 Bhandarkar Road, Near Raviraj Hotel, Pune  Phone-9520-5655410
4
Dr.A.N.Boudhankar
Year 2010
Indus Health Services, 7, Tupe Residency, Thube Park,Near Sancheti Hospital,Shivaji Nagar,Pune 411 005.
Ph.No.020-2553 4984, 2553 5018
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