The Port of Kandla has increased its voluntary levy for seafarers' welfare by 50% from INR 1000 (US$16.50) to INR 1500 (US$25.00) per ship visit. The funds raised by the levy pays for the running of the newly opened seafarers centre at Old Kandla along with the existing centre in New Kandla. The levy was agreed by the Kandla Seafarers Welfare Association and the Kandla Port Steamship Agents Association.
The Port of Kandla won the Port of the Year Award in the 2012 International Seafarers' Welfare Awards. As funding for seafarers' welfare becomes harder to obtain, ISWAN warmly welcomes the decision by the port to increase the voluntary levy. Ports throughout the world should follow Kandla's example.
More information on port levies on seafarers' welfare can be found here.