Reference is made to our Technical Circular No. 022/2020 dated 24th March 2020 on DGS Order No. 6 of 2020 regarding Extension to the validity of Seafarer’s CoC and Statutory Certificates, Periodical Surveys and Audits of Indian Registered Ships in view of COVID-19 outbreak.
Vide DGS Order No.6 of 2020, the Directorate had laid down the process of extension of mandatory surveys, inspections and audits by a period of 3-months under force majeure brought about by COVID-l9 pandemic. The Directorate had also waived off the processing fees for such extensions, except for cases pertaining to extension of dry-docking survey/ periodical / annual/ renewal surveys.
The GOI vide an Addendum No. 2 to DGS Order No.6 of 2020, has now decided to waive off the Administration fee for all such extensions including extension of dry-docking survey/ periodical/ annual/ renewal surveys for a limited period.
The waiver of processing fees will be applicable for new applications made to the DGS after issuance of Addendum No.2 to DGS Order No. 6 of 2020 (21 April 2020) and for vessels whose surveys are falling due on or before 31st May 2020.
The extension of surveys beyond the IMO Convention provisions vide DGS Order No. 06 of 2020 will be under the following conditions:
a. The Company, prior entering any foreign load/ discharge port, will take permission from relevant Maritime Authorities for acceptance of statutory certificates.
b. As soon as the RO Surveyor is ready to board the vessel, company will offer the vessel for a general examination and Under Water CCTV Examination (only in cases where Docking Survey is extended) / Double Bottom Tank examination and Cargo hold examination (in the case of single hull Bulk Carriers). Continuation of extension will be subject to satisfactory results of these examinations by RO Surveyor.
After restoration of normalcy, these vessels will be required to be brought back to normal survey / audit / inspection cycle as soon as possible and coordination with RO will be required to be done in this regard.
Following information will be submitted by RO to the Directorate on 3rd May 2020 and weekly thereafter:
a. List of vessels and details of exemptions / extensions granted to Indian vessels considering the situation developed due to COVID 19.
b. Details of such vessels offered for survey/audit/inspection after the lock down period and the status/records of such surveys /audits/inspections.
Ship owners/ operators and managers of Indian flagged ships are advised to be guided by above.
This Technical Circular and the material contained in it is provided only for the purpose of supplying current information to the reader and not as an advice to be relied upon by any person. While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority.