Yet another FIRST TIME, a successful crew change by J. M. Baxi & Co. Mumbai team was handled at Outer Port Limit Anchorage (OPLA), Mumbai from VLCC MT Eagle Victoria. Since its draft was 21.50 metres and fully loaded with cargo, the crew change was carried out at OPL with cargo discharge operation into three daughter vessels concurrently happening, said a J M Baxi & Co. release.
“Our Mumbai team proactively accepted this challenge and all safety precautions were taken by following all norms and SOPs issued by DG Shipping and efficiently arranged embarkation and disembarkation of 05 sign on & 05 sign off crew. Upon disembarkation COVID-19 samples of crew were collected and immigration, PHO formalities were conducted for the crew as per ‘Standard Operating Procedures’ promulgated by Mumbai Port and DGS.
“Due to the ongoing lockdown procedure, signed off crew can proceed to their respective hometowns, only after the COVID-19 test result is received and once all permissions from authorities are obtained. Till that time, they were accommodated in state approved hotel accommodation and will later be dropped off to their respective towns.
“We highly appreciate the support from Mumbai Port authorities, Port Health Officer Customs, Immigrations and Customs authorities,” concluded the company release.