The Directorate General of Shipping, India’s maritime regulator, has handed a three-year suspension to Anglo Eastern Ship Management (India) Pvt Ltd, the Indian unit of one of the world’s top ship management firms based in Hong Kong, for violating the recruitment and placement service rules of seafarers.
The 31 May suspension order issued by the Seamen’s Employment Office, affiliated to the D G Shipping, follows an enquiry into the 17 April 2018 death of Sanjay Chaudhary, Chief Engineer on board Hong Kong-flagged ship M T Atlantic Olive, when the ship managed by Anglo Eastern was enroute Cape Verde Islands from Malta.
The enquiry concluded several violations by Anglo Eastern Ship Management of the Merchant Shipping (Recruitment and Placement Service) Rules, 2016 relating to the incident. “lt is established that there is negligence of the Master of the vessel, Capt. Santosh Achuthan. He has the duty as Master to save the life of seafarer onboard as he has 4 hours 25 minutes of golden time which he failed to use diligently, thus caused the death of Late Shri Sanjay Chaudhary,” the order suspending the license of Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement said.
As per enquiry report regarding the death of Late shri Sanjay Chaudhary submitted by Chief Medical Officer, Ghaziabad to Collector, Ghaziabad, there was cyanosis and prime facie evidence of poisoning, there is substantial evidence to suggest that the death of Mr Sanjay Chaudhary may have been caused as a result of combined effect of Asphyxia and Poisoning. The State Medico Legal Cell, Aishbagh, Lucknow, (U.P) also opined that …Anglo Eastern Ship Management violated several rules in the engagement of Late Sanjay Chaudhary on board Atlantic Olive while suspending its license for three years.
The order also recommended “necessary action” against Captain Santosh Achuthan, the master of the ship, for incompetency, omission or commission of such acts which led to personal injury, death of Late Sanjay Chaudhary.
Commenting on the order, Vineet Gupta, Managing Director, Anglo Eastern Ship Management (India) said: “The on-going discussions does not impact our day-to-day operations, our seafarers ashore or on board, or the continuity of the employment of seafarers and their confirmed joining schedules. We remain, as always, committed to the safety and well-being of all our seafarers and their families and look to a quick resolution”, Gupta added.
“The recent order against Anglo Eastern Ship Management is historic in the shipping industry of India…This order has given justice to the deceased seafarer’s family,” said Ravi Veetil, National President, Sailors Union of India (SUI-BMS).