India’s Directorate General of Shipping, the national regulator of the industry, lists the RPSL of Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (India) Private Limited as suspended from 1 June 2023 through to 31 May 2026.
According to a report in the Economic Times the suspension order was issued by the Director of Seamen’s Employment Office following an enquiry into the death of a Chief Engineer on board Hong Kong-flagged ship M T Atlantic Olive on 17 April 2018 when the ship was managed by Anglo-Eastern.
In a statement posted on LinkedIn Anglo-Eastern Ship Management said: “We value transparency with all our stakeholders, so can confirm that we are in discussions with the Director of the Seamen’s Employment Office about our recruitment and placement service license and an ongoing case since 2018 involving the natural death of a senior officer on board one of our managed vessels.”
The ship manager said it was legally prohibited from commenting on case but was cooperating fully with all the relevant authorities and “are certain of a quick resolution”.
Anglo-Eastern said it had contingency plans in place and it was business as usual. “There is no impact to our day-to-day operations, our seafarers ashore or on board, or to the continuity of employment of seafarers and their confirmed joining schedules,” the company said.
One of the world’s largest ship managers Hong Kong-headquartered employs over 20,000 officers and crew. It provides crewing services to nearly 1,000 vessels.
The company noted a commitment of 30 years employment, training, and wellbeing of Indian seafarers that had been acknowledged on many occasions. It was honoured as the top foreign employer of Indian seafarers by the Directorate General of Shipping in the country 2023 National Maritime Awards.