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Foreign flag vessels can transport fertilisers from one Indian port to another without securing license from DG Shipping

Foreign flag vessels will no longer require to obtain a license from the Mumbai based Director General of Shipping for carriage of fertilisers by sea from one Indian port to another in a move by the shipping ministry to ensure their swift transport to help agricultural operations in the country, Minister of state for Shipping Mr Mansukh L Mandaviya told the Rajya Sabha last week. 

In a written answer he said the foreign flag vessels have been given exemption under section 407 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1958. 

The Minister informed that 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 India Navy, Coast Guard, State Maritime Police and Customs, shall be allowed to board such ships any time in the sea for ascertaining the bona-fide credentials of the ships/crew.


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