INDIA: SHIPPING IS AN ESSENTIAL TRADE
March 31, 2020
Further to the country wide lock down currently mandated in India, the Directorate of Ministry of Shipping clarified on 24th March 2020 that the Gov. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs Circular dated 23rd March 2020 did not apply to ships carrying cargo for trade or essential goods and supplies and therefore they would not be facing an immigration blockade.
It was further clarified that there are no restrictions on the signing on and off of Indian Seafarers in ports in India, subject to the screening protocols set out by the various ports and DG Shipping.