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Foreign vessels could transport coastal fertilizer without license from DG Shipping

In an yet another move to facilitate coastal movement of cargo by foreign vessels, the shipping Ministry has relaxed rules for them to enable the vessels to carry fertiliser from one port to another within the country without prior sanction of the Directorate General of Shipping, Minister of state for shipping Pon Radhakrishnan informed the Lok sabha on August second.

In a written answer given to the house the Minister said the foreign flag vessels will no longer require to obtain a license from the Mumbai based DG Shipping for engaging in Coastal trade for carriage of fertilisers by sea. This used to be the pre requisite for foreign vessels under section 407 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1958


The relaxation is subject to the condition that the information as per the format prescribed in the relaxation order is submitted to the Director General of Shipping by email at least 24 hours prior to sail of ship from a port in India.


The relaxation shall also be subject to the condition that Indian law enforcement agencies, including Indian Navy, Coast Guard, State Maritime Police and Customs, shall be allowed to board such ships any time in the sea for ascertaining the bonafide credentials of the ships/crew.


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