Crew Branch Circular 1 of 2007
Dated:19th January, 2007
Sub: Submission of information under Clause viii of form III of RPS Rules.
2. RPS Rules provide a mechanism for protection of Indian seafarers working on Indian and Foreign flag vessels and the necessary safeguards for their repatriation in the event of their being stranded or during such other exigencies, when the ship owner fails to discharge the duty of repatriating the seafarers to the home port of the seaman.
3. All Registered Recruitment and Placement Services (RPS) providers vide Clause viii of Form-III, submitted upon approval for registration or renewal of registration, have committed to submitting a monthly report to the Director General of Shipping/Seamen’s Employment Offices. The Form in which this information is submitted is not specified. In default, all registered RPS providers are submitting information in Form-IV prescribed under Rule 5(1)(h) to all Seamen's Employment Offices to maintain a register on information received from the RPS providers.
4. A review of Form-IV has led to the conclusion that the information maintained by SEOs is needed to monitor the workload of the RPS and broad parameters of their work but is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the M.S. Act 1958 to trace the RPS providers if a person is injured/missing/dies etc. during their contract period on board the ship. It is therefore decided to prescribe a separate Form IIIA which all RPS providers shall submit every month.
5. It is clarified that subsequent to
the requirement of submission of Form-IIIA, RPS providers are not required
to submit the existing Form-IV.
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