Technical Circular No: 003/2021

Subject: DGS Order No. 01 of 2021 Reg Extension of Certificates of Competency/ Certificate of Proficiency of Seafarers in view of COVID-19 pandemic

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1. In view of the currently continuing pandemic posed by Covid-19, Indian Administration vide DGS Order No. 01 of 2021 has granted extension of Certificate of Competency (CoCs) and/or Certificate of Proficiency (CoPs) until 31.12.2021 from the date of joining or one contract whichever is earlier for all those Seafarers who comply with all of the following:

a. The Seafarer has signed-off from a ship on/after issue of DGS Order 20 of 2020 (04.08.2020).

b. The Seafarer has not availed any extension of CoC/CoP under any previously issued Directorate Order/ Circular/ SoP whether while being on ship or ashore.

c. The Seafarer joins the ship on/before 31.03.2021 and demonstrates continuous professional competence as detailed in Annex I of DGS Order 01 of 2021 on the date of joining.

2. Ship owners/ operators and masters 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. 

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