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India becomes first country in world to unveil facial biometric-based ID for seafarers

In a first, India has become the first country in the world to issue a biometric seafarer identity document. In what can be considered as a significant development in the shipping sector, biometric identity card will pave way for more employment opportunity. The Indian minister for Shipping and Chemical and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya said the new document would facilitate ease movement for seafarers as it will be fool-proof.