The Directorate has received representations from MTIs stating that many seafarers have completed the process of application and biometric capture at designated centers and are awaiting receipt of physical BSID cards and are unable to attend maritime courses at MTIs.
The Directorate General of Shipping has considered the issue and created a facility where MTIs can check the issuance of BSID online. The MTIs can check the issuance of BSID of seafarers against INDOS number from the "SID checker" by visiting the website. The MTIs are allowed to admit the candidates after confirming the issuance of BSID from the above-mentioned SID checker. It is mandatory for the MTIs to strictly follow the instructions in paragraph 5 of DGS Crew Circular No.23 of 2022.
Admission taken in violation of DGS Crew Circular No. 23 of 2022 read with the paragraph above will be considered as a major non-compliance and necessary action will be initiated against MTIs as per the issued DGS Order i.e. DGS Order 05 and 07 of 2016.