Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
15-December-2011 14:43 IST
Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals by Sea Vessels
Control of substandard ships coming to Indian territorial waters & endangering environment is exercised by the Indian Maritime Administration through the international accepted method of Port State Control (PSC). Mercantile Marine Department’s Surveyors carry out Port State control Inspections on foreign Flag vessels. These inspections verify sea worthiness of the vessels & simultaneously verify compliance with various International Safety Conventions. When vessels are found in substantial non-compliance with applicable laws or relevant maritime convention requirements, the PSC system suitably intervenes to ensure that non-conformances are rectified, before further plying. India is a founder member of Indian Ocean Memorandum of Understanding (IOMOU). There are 13 members of IOMOU. This Regional cooperation of countries on the Indian Ocean rim also contributes towards the control of substandard ships plying in the region. In addition, the Government is actively considering banning the entry of Ships which are more than 25 years old.

The above information was given by the Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K. Vasan in the Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question.

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