India Takes Steps to Check Marine Pollution

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 25, 2019

The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh L. Mandaviya. Photo: Press Information Bureau, India

The Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh L. Mandaviya. Photo: Press Information Bureau, India

The government of India has taken various preventive steps taken by the Government of India to check marine pollution, said the Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya.

The Minister informed that India is a signatory to MARPOL (International Convention on Prevention of Marine Pollution). In addition,  Prevention of Marine Pollution is also dealt with by Merchant Shipping Rules, 2009 framed under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958.

The Minister also said  that periodic surveys of Indian flag vessels are carried out in order  to ensure compliance to the above rules. Additionally, Indian vessels are also inspected for compliance to these and other Rules as part of the scheduled  Flag States Inspections and un-scheduled (Surprise)Inspections.

Foreign vessels are likewise inspected under Port State Inspection regime and heavy penalty is levied in case of non-compliance.

Mandaviya further informed that a steering committee with stakeholders from all the concerned Ministers and Departments has been constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to tackle the issues of marine plastic littering via order No. 17/7/2019-HSMD dated 14th May 2019.

The Committee will co-ordinate the activities of all the Ministries/Departments, examine  proposals and provide guidance to Ministries, State and UT Governments with regard to research, policy planning, deployment of technology, public outreach and education and other facets of the problem of marine plastic littering.

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