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J. M. Baxi & Co. ensures smooth sign-off of Indian seafarers in Goa

The team of J. M. Baxi & Co. in Goa undertook a smooth sign-off of 1,450 Indian seafarers stranded at sea on various cruise ships, on June 20, 2020.  In addition to this, J. M. Baxi has been instrumental in bringing home 1,300 crew belonging to Goa by road and air. “We are grateful to some very important individuals and agencies who made this possible, who insisted that they were simply doing the job that was expected of them in this successful journey,” it said in a statement. 

“It is normal to say thank you to our nation’s health workers consisting of doctors, nurses, sanitary staff and other support staff, including lab technicians, for the work that they do. But we would like to add another thank you, which is more poignant now, for the work you will be called upon to do as we get through Covid-19 together.”

The statement pointed out that in the recent past, the government of Goa has successfully repatriated over 10,000 seafarers entering the state by road, air and sea. The Dept of Ports, which is the nodal body for seafarers’ repatriation into Goa, created a common platform for shipping companies to interact with various agencies who have been working tirelessly for this purpose, maintaining discipline and healthcare. 

The first in order of efforts was the Dept. of Ports, headed by Secretary of Ports Mr P. S. Reddy, who always had a patient ear for genuine problems and went out of the way to help, guide and support the efforts towards seafarers’ welfare, tried to safeguard their interests and bring them home safely. He was always there to clarify the stand of the government firmly but with empathy, humility and compassion.

The call of the CELEBRITY INFINITY to Goa would not have been possible but for the support and guidance of the Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust. J. M. Baxi expressed its gratitude to the entire staff of Mormugao port – Mr Jerome and his team at the Traffic Department, the Marine Department team of DC Capt. Joshi, Harbour Master Capt. Arun, and Capt. Rajat.

The Collectors office of North and South Goa always had clear instructions and procedures in place, and permissions were given in a very short time if all regulations were being complied with. 

“Health workers from District Health were the TRUE ANGELS who have kept us safe, and all with a smile. They have worked relentlessly, and we all need to applaud them for their hard work and smiling faces, knowing very well that they are at a much larger risk of being exposed to the virus,” the statement said, adding that the team of doctors from Mormugao DHS, led by Dr Ira, comprising Dr Deepa, Dr Vinella and many others, Dr Jose D’Sa, Dr Utkarsh, have always been there to extend help and were available round the clock,  As Dr Deepa and Dr Vinella said, “There’s a storm that’s approaching and we do not know exactly how hard it will hit or how long it will last and our response is to plan for the worst and work for the best,” .

PI Mr Mangesh Naik from the Police dept. at Mormugao Port area was always positive and ever ready to help in maintaining discipline and ensure crowd control. The statement also specially thanked the Dy. SP South, SP South, and Mr Pankaj Singh, SSP – North Goa for his guidance and timely assistance.

It also mentioned the Bureau of Immigration team headed by superwoman Ms Apeksha Kulkarni, who was on her feet and with hawk’s eyes, checking the documentation and complying with govt guidelines. At the same time, she was always extremely understanding of the hardships the seafarers have gone through before reaching home. The CISF team also deserve appreciation for managing the security of the port facility in the most efficient manner, the statement stressed.

Customs officers like Mr Vishwas Gaigole and the team went beyond their working hours to help the returning seafarers, it pointed out.

“While it is difficult for even the most ardent optimist to stay positive, there are some signs that we are beginning to mobilise at the speed and scale required to lift ourselves out of this crisis quickly.

“All the above-mentioned people and several other unmentioned heroes have worked tirelessly when no one was looking. The whole operation in Goa was totally done by various government agencies in a manner that would put any professional corporate to shame. Thank you, Government of India.”


Source: Exim News Service: Mumbai, June 29


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