3,762 seafarers with fake educational credentials were identified in a preliminary investigation by the Directorate General of Shipping (DG Shipping) of India. All of them received qualification certificates, presumably without attending classes. On September 28, seamen were sent official notifications of harm. They are threatened with deprivation of the right to work for up to 5 years. They bought fake Indian documents on the Already21 website
According to the Indian information resource Business Line, institutes, maritime training centers, heads of faculties, acting teachers, as well as seafarers fell under the suspicion of DG Shipping.
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