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CDC-Continuous Discharge Certificate course

 “C.D.C”  means   a   Continuous  Discharge Certificate-cum-Seafarer’s Identity   Document.(d)  “Compassionate grounds”  means the cases of  sons or dependant family members  of deceased or physically incapacitated seaman where the death or physical incapacitation, as the case may be, of the seamen occurred prior to  his retirement from sea service or attainment of superannuation. The applicant for issue of C.D.C. shall  produce a certificate from the Revenue Authority within whose jurisdiction he ordinarily resides, regarding other earning members in his family and only one dependent son or family member of the deceased or as the case may be, physically incapacitated seaman shall be considered for issue of CDC as Utility Hand on compassionate grounds;(e)  “Form” means a form appended to these rules :(f)  “Shipping Master” means  a  Shipping  Master of a port appointed under sub-section (1) of Section 11 of the Act.(g)     “Deputy Director General of Shipping” means the Deputy Director General of Shipping in charge of the Crew Branch in the Directorate General of Shipping.(h)     “Sea Service” means articled period on a ship.(i)        “S.T.C.W. (Code)” means the code referred to in Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) Rules, 1998.(2)       Words and phrases used in these rules and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them.3.         Application for C.D.C.—     (1)       Any  person  who fulfills all the eligibility conditions as specified in rules 4 and 5 of these rules, for the issue of a CDC, may apply to the shipping master at Nau Bhavan, 10, R.K. Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400001 or The shipping master, Shipping Office, Marine House, Hastings, Calcutta – 700 022   or shipping master, Mercantile Marine Department, Anchorgate Building, 2nd floor, P.B.No.5004, Rajaji Salai, chennai-600001, by registered post.(2)       Every  such   application shall be in the format as specified  by the Director General of Shipping, from time to time and shall be  accompanied by two copies of the applicant’s recent  photograph, copies of relevant certificates or documents duly attested by a Gazetted Officer as proof of eligibility, and a signed declaration to the effect that the applicant has not previously been issued a CDC and has not submitted an application for CDC to any other shipping master, alongwith a fee of five hundred rupees (non refundable).4.     Eligibility conditions for applicant seaman other than Certificated Officers –  (1)   The applicant should be a citizen of India;(2)          Age  limit –

 (i)For Deck ,Engine and Catering (Saloon) rating trainees-between 18 and 25 years of age(ii)
 For  Utility Hand
 Between 18 and 40 years(iii)





 For Petty Officers (Carpenter, Chief Steward, Electrician, Fitter, Machinist, Pump man, Refrigeration Mechanic, Computer Operator, Mechanic (Motor Vehicle), Automobile Engineering  , Pipe Fitter, Motor Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, General Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, Mechanic( Tool Engineering), Welder,  Electric Arc Welder,  Turner, Boiler Attendant,  Electronic Mechanic)Between 18 and 40 years of age (iv)For ex-Naval ratingsUpto 45 years of age(v)For non-certificated Officers such as Purser/Ship’s clerk, Electrical officer and Electronic OfficerBetween 18 and 40 years. Note 1-           The crucial date for determining the age-limit shall be the closing date for receipt of application.Note 2-           Normally, the  date  of   birth  as   mentioned   in   the   School  Leaving   certificate  shall  be   accepted    as   proof   of   evidence   of   date   of   birth   of   an    applicant. In   respect    of     ex-Naval    applicants,   the   date    of     birth    indicated  in  Form No. Indian   Navy   271    shall only   be     the    proper   documentary  proof to this effect.(3)       Educational Qualifications :(i)
 For Deck, Engine, and Catering(Saloon) Trainees      Xth standard passed(ii)
 For Utility HandsVIII standard passed(iii)




 For Petty Officer


 Xth Std. passed with  respective trade certificate from ITI (National Trade Certificate)(NTC) or National Apprenticeship Certificate (NAC) or Diploma Certificates approved by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The  minimum duration of the courses from any one of the above institutes shall be  two years.(iv)For Purser/Ship’s clerkA graduate with knowledge of accountancy and computer operation.(v)For Electrical and Electronic
OfficerA Diploma or Degree in respective Branch from a Government recognized Polytechic or recognized University

 Note – CDC in the category of Utility Hand shall be issued only if candidate is sponsored by a shipping company.(4)  For Medical fitness,  the   applicants   should   possess    a  certificate in the        prescribed    form     issued   in Annexures “E” and “F” of the Merchant     Shipping   (  Medical Examination) Rules , 2000, to the   effect  that  he   is medically fit to be    employed on board ships.(5)  An applicant for issue of CDC as Deck, Engine and Catering (Saloon) Trainee shall have successfully completed the pre-sea training for ratings from an approved training institute as prescribed under sub-clause (b) of clause (ii) of sub-rule (2) of rule 28 of the Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarer’s) Rules, 1998.(6)       An applicant for issue of CDC shall have undergone the basic familiarization training and instructions as prescribed under sub-rule (1) of rule 33 of the  Merchant  Shipping (Standards of Training ,Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarer’s ) Rules, 1998(7)       An  applicant   shall not  hold   any   C.D.C.   issued   earlier   by    any Shipping  Master in India.                         (8)       In case of issue of CDC on compassionate grounds, the Director General of shipping may relax any or all of the provisions of this rule except sub-rules (5) and (6) of this rule in respect of all categories.(9)       Notwithstanding     anything      contained    in    sub-rules  (2) to (5) and (7)  of this rule, an applicant,    who    is    a member of any Scheduled Tribe, of the Union    Territory    of    the Andaman and Nicobar Islands or the Union Territory    of   Lakshadweep and is of  the age of not less than 18 years and   not  more  than 40  years, shall be eligible for obtaining a CDC if he –

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