Stranded seafarers fear termination of contracts

Call for converting NUSI Hospital into quarantine facility

NT NETWORK MARGAO

After many of the international cruise liners having terminated operations, nearly 3,000 Goan seafarers face termination of their contracts even as the Ministry of External Affairs initiates contacts with stranded Goan seafarers in US, Italy and other countries.

Speaking to Navhind Times the NRI commissioner Narendra Sawaikar said we are closely monitoring the situation arising due to the outbreak of Corona virus. He said the office of NRI commissioner and Ministry of External Affairs has been in constant touch with the respective embassies.

He said the process of air lifting of the stranded crew members will be taken by the Union government. On shipping companies terminating contracts of nearly 3000 Goans working on ship, he said the matter has not been brought to the notice of NRI commissioner however all possible help will be provided to the Goans amidst the global crises.

The president of Goan Seamens Association of India, Frank Viegas said the jobs of nearly 3000 seafarers working on various ships have been terminated by the company and awaiting repatriation back home.

He said we urge the government of Goa to be prepared in this situation. This is the time GSAI are fully backing our seafarer’s and will do everything to bring them home adding that the matter has been communicated to the office of the Chief minister, he said.

Meanwhile the association in an email to the National Union seafarers of India general secretary cum treasurer, Abdul Ghani Serang called for the handing over of NUSI Hospital at Panzorconi Cuncolim Salcete Goa, to the state government for quarantine and treatment purpose for the betterment of seafarers who are been expected to return back home amidst the global crises.

Viegas pointed out that the hospital will be a great help for the shipping community to be isolated with medical assistance rather than at home.