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Cabinet approves proposals on maritime security

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, June 21 (UNI) In a move aimed at ensuring the safe and secure operation of ships and the security of passengers, the Cabinet today approved proposals for amending the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2004 on the basis of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

The Bill, pending in the Lok Sabha, seeks to amend the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 and Indian Ports Act, 1908 so that it takes care of the recent developments in the International Maritime Organisation and UN instruments.

The provisions of security in general are based on amendments to the Chapter five and eleven of Safety of Life and Sea Convention, 1974 concerning special measures to enhance maritime safety and security, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.


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