Indian CDC

The Directorate General of Shipping, India deals with implementation of shipping policy and legislation so as to ensure the safety of life and ships at sea, prevention of marine pollution, promotion of maritime education and training in co-ordination with the International Maritime Organization, regulation of employment and welfare of seamen, development of coastal shipping, augmentation of shipping tonnage, examination and certification of Merchant Navy Officers, Supervision and Control of the allied offices under its administrative jurisdiction.

Latest Updates for all the Seafarers from the Directorate General of Shipping in India

All Indian crew must be registered with an authorized Recruiting and Placement Service Agency.

The Directorate General of Shipping has sent a notification that all Indian crew members flying out of India to join foreign vessels must register themselves with an Recruiting and Placement Service agent.

STCW Certificates and Indian Seaman's book

  • All crew registered via Recruiting and Placement Service supplier must hold Directorate General (DG) approved STCW 2010, INDOS # and apply for an Indian Seaman's Book.

Indian nationals will no longer be able to fly out of the country to join ships without valid STCW training.
As per the DG shipping's (DGS) new rule, your Indian CDC number which is entered in the DGS website page e- Governance will be accessible on Emigrate Immigration officers at all airports in India will have access to Emigrate.
If you are not registered in e-Governance, you will not be allowed to fly out of the country to sign on any ship.

The first step in this process is for you to obtain an Indian National Database of Seafarers (NDoS) number, which you will receive once you get the following STCW Certificates in India from a DGS-approved maritime training institute.

  • Proficiency in Elementary First Aid (EFA)
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
  • Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (STSDSD)

ILO Medical and Annexure IV

  • ILO Medical and Annexure IV are required by DG Authority in order to accept application for Indian Seaman Book.
  • Crew must visit an DG approved Doctors office to obtain the said medical certificate
  • DG medical is valid for a period of 2 years

Important Reminders:

  • The DGS does not recognize the HBST courses you have completed on board. You MUST undergo training for all five (5) STCW courses at a DGS recognized STCW training center in India.
  • Ensure that the maritime training center will also provide you with the STSDSD course which is mandatory.
  • The DGS also requires all Indian crew members to have a Seaman's Book or Continuous Discharge Certificate issued in India.

Travco Holidays Pvt. Ltd. assist all our seafarers in STCW Familiarization Courses, DGS Approved Medical Certification and Indian CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate-Cum-Seafarer's Identity Document) from Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.


Contact Nos. of our staff assisting the seafarers for Indian CDC

Head Office:

Denika / Vinny / Natasha : +91 9860318041
Muriel / Joseline / Angela : +91 9860849641 / 9860090344

Branch Office:

Arpita / Julia : +91 7028929503 / 9665524445