Directorate has been receiving requests for clarification on
implementation of MS Notice 5/2001 and 21/2001.
2. In accordance
MS Notice 5/2001,
Certificate of Service (CoS) is a valid document for Indian vessels plying
on Indian coast.
MS Notice No.21/2001
requires that a person holding CoS should have completed modular courses,
refresher course and atleast 3 months Sea service on Merchant Ship prior
to be granted anendorsement on CoS to serve in the capacity of Master.
3. It is
clarified that a CoS is a valid document even without such an endorsement
as mentioned above. Therefore, the requirements of obtaining endorsement
as per MS Notice 21/2001 is to be treated as optional. However, it is
recommended that persons holding a CoS should complete the requirements of
MS Notice 21/2001 and obtain endorsment prior to taking up employment in
the Merchant Shipping in the interest of personal and collective safety.
4. Shipowners, Managers, Operators & Masters are advised to be
5. This issues with the approval of the Nautical Adviser to the Govt.
(Capt. H. Khatri)