Restriction in engaging Indian seafarers on vessels trading solely in Gulf of Guinea

May 17, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Directorate General of Shipping on May 08, 2019, has instructed all the Recruitment and Placement Services Licence (RPSL) agents not to engage any Indian seafarers on coastal vessels trading solely within the ports in Gulf of Guinea. 

Piracy armed robbery attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are becoming more violent with a greater tendency to attack, hijack and rob vessels as well as kidnap crew, in the waters of Gulf of Guinea. These attacks having also been reported up-to 170 nautical miles from the coast. The increasing trend in the number of incidents taking place inside the various Coastal States jurisdiction in the Gulf of Guinea, it has come to the attention of Directorate that foreign nationals’ especially Indian seafarers are being selectively targeted during such piracy armed robbery incidents. So, it has been instructed to all the RPSL agents not to engage any Indian seafarers on coastal vessels trading solely within the ports in Gulf of Guinea (Benin, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea).

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