Sunday, May 3, 2020

An update on Transportation of Stranded Personnel

Port Blair, May 03: The Directorate of Shipping Services had commenced registration of stranded personnel both at Port Blair and ADSS office Chennai and all personnel who have registered for transportation either from Port Blair or Chennai are being planned for travel by Ship shortly.  The first sailing from either side i.e from Port Blair and Chennai is likely to be on 06th May 2020.
Based on the total numbers of registered personnel and availability of ships, the voyages are being planned by the DSS and the details will be intimated to each passenger through SMS. On intimation about the travel date and time, the passengers will be required to embark the ship accordingly. Arrangements are also being made by the DSS to fetch the registered passengers from other Islands / North & Middle District’s either by road or inter island ships,  prior to sailing for Chennai. Similar arrangements are also being made at Chennai for incoming passengers travelling to Port Blair in coordination with other states. It is intimated that the Government of India and State Governments are also facilitating movement of stranded personnel through special trains and bus service on Mainland and this facility will be used as required for transportation to and from Chennai.
Since due to the social distancing norms stipulated by the Govt. of India, ships will be operating with only 50% capacity (approx 500-600 pax per sailing), and more than one sailings shall be scheduled soon  to complete transportation of all passengers. In this regard, the DSS will prioritise the travel schedules, based on the order of registration and the logistics required for fetching the personnel either to Port Blair or Chennai. Each registered passenger is therefore requested to wait for his/her turn and intimation through SMS. Due to large numbers involved, individual acknowledgments of registration are not being given by DSS, however, all those who have forwarded their details through SMS as publicised have been registered for travel.
The registration process for the first sailing has been completed on 02nd May 2020. Registration for the other stranded passengers, if any, will again be taken up by DSS both for Chennai and Kolkata sectors with effect from 0900 Hrs on Tuesday the 05th May 2020. In this regard the elected representatives are also being consulted and their inputs being appropriately taken into account for movement of the stranded personnel.
Meanwhile the DSS has also commenced transportation of Inter Island stranded personnel based on the requests being received from the respective District Administrations with effect from 04th May 2020. For Inter Island travel, stranded personnel are requested to continue to approach their respective District / Local Administration to help schedule their transportation.
It is, however intimated that, the above arrangements are only for transportation of stranded personnel on ONE WAY , ONE TIME BASIS and the restrictions imposed by the GOI for normal travel during the ongoing lockdown will strictly remain in force, a communication from Director Shipping Services, A&N Admn. said here.