Concerned over the maritime security in the Iran and Israel region, the Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of ports, shipping and waterways of India, has issued an urgent advisory for Indian recruiting agencies or companies and Indian seafarers on April 19.

The Directorate General of Shipping, referring to the current situation in the area, has urged all Indian registered Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers (RPS) Agencies and shipping companies to exercise utmost caution and refrain from facilitating the engagement or deployment of Indian national seafarers to Iran or Israel until further notice from the Ministry of External Affairs.

The advisory has been issued considering the security risks and potential hazards associated with operating in the vicinity of Iran and Israel, as highlighted in the DGS circulars.

“It is imperative that the safety and well-being of our seafarers remain our top priority,” the urgent advisory signed by Capt. Manish Kumar, Nautical Surveyor of the Directorate General of Shipping said.

Furthermore, the DGS strongly advise the RPSL companies and the shipping companies to direct Indian seafarers currently employed or engaged on board vessels sailing in the vicinity of Iran or Israel to promptly contact the nearest Indian Embassy and complete the formal registration process without delay.

“This is crucial to ensure that adequate support and assistance can be provided to them in case of any emergency or unforeseen circumstances,” the DGS said.

The Directorate General of Shipping emphasized the importance of exercising extreme caution and limiting movement to essential tasks only, considering the volatile security situation in the region.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our seafarers, and we appreciate your cooperation and compliance with this advisory,” highlighted the directorate.