CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) is a document which certifies that the person is eligible to work on a ship. Indian CDC certifies that one who is holding this document is a seaman as per the International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended 1995. This organization sets qualification standards for masters, officers and general-purpose ratings on seagoing merchant ships.
In the latest update in the amendment of rules, Indian Government has eased rules for issuing CDC cum Seafarers Identity document making it easier for the seaman to overcome the hurdles of obtaining a certificate and fulfilling his dream of working on a ship.
To work on a ship, one need to have CDC as without it you cannot work on a ship. Now any Indian citizen with minimum age of 18 years, holding an Indian passport with Class 10 pass-out document along with the completion of five basic STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping) spread over two weeks can apply for CDC.
The new rules on CDC issuing set by Indian Government took effect on January 14.
The move to change rules will benefit thousands of Indians to work on board as house-keeping staff and laundrymen, bartenders etc.
Earlier, it was quite difficult to obtain Indian CDC as there were strict rules and regulations which forced Indian nationals to took CDC from foreign entities. Indian citizens who were holding Indian passport with foreign CDC were looked upon with suspicion by immigration people which now will be stop. Now any Indian citizen with can get CDC after completing five basic safety courses as said by Captain MS Yadav, Director (maritime education and training), FOSMA Maritime Institute and Research Organization.
The five basic courses comprise personal survival techniques or proficiency in survival craft and rescue boards; fire prevention and fire-fighting or advance fire-fighting; elementary first aid or medical first aid or medical care; personal safety and social responsibility and security training for seafarers with selected security duties or ship security officer.
Although getting CDC does not mean that the person is entitled to get a job as getting a passport is not a right to travel as said by one of the executive from a Mumbai-based maritime training institute.
To acquire a job, a person has to follow all the rules and regulations set as per International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (STCW), amendment 1978.
Source : The Hindu Business Line