The Mumbai (India) Director General of Shipping has issued a circular which was part of the Government's e-Governance programme to accelerate the facilitation of Government services by using information technology.
The DG Shipping has centralised the issue of Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC), a seafarer's identity document required to board a ship. From April 1, 2008, the CDCs will be issued only by the Shipping Master in Mumbai and no applications will be received by offices of Shipping Masters in Chennai and Kolkata. The circular is issued to accelerate the facilitation of Government services by using information technology. This will reduce human interaction and improve transparency. In the office of Shipping Masters, Mumbai, CDC applications for candidates undergoing pre-sea training are processed through training institutes, which submit their applications online and forward the supporting document by post. The DG Shipping has asked Shipping Masters in Chennai and Kolkata to ensure that all pending cases of issuance of CDCs are disposed of by March 31, 2008. The shipping office is also empowered to issue certificates to ships on various aspects such as safety, construction, radio, telephone, telegraphy, load line and oil pollution.