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
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.