Ministry of Home Affairs issues SOPs for seafarers

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued a set of Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) as well as graded relaxations for seafarers. As per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Home Ministry, the Indian seafarers on the vessel are required to undergo the COVID-19 test prior to their return at their home. While, in its measure of graded relaxations for seafarers, the Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed the movement of Indian seafarers at Indian ports. Hence the relaxations will facilitate the disembarking of seafarers stranded on the cruise ship Marella Discovery in Mumbai.

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The Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) states that the ship owners have to ensure that the safety precautions are followed as per the protocol while seafarers’ disembarkation as well as before reaching the testing facility within the port premises. It has also directed the Port State Health Authorities to keep the seafarer in the quarantine facility till the time test report is received.

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