Daily Current Affairs

Prelims Prominence - May 12, 2018

Ministry of Shipping 2017- Year of Consolidation ( part -2) Shipping Sector

Legislation The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act, 2017

  • The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act, 2017 was enacted on 9th August, 2017.
  • The Act consolidates the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues and repeals five obsolete British statues on admiralty jurisdiction in civil matters.
  • The Act confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends upto territorial waters.
  • This Act will fulfill a long-standing demand of the maritime legal fraternity.
  • Now, High Courts of all the coastal states will exercise admiralty jurisdiction over maritime claims which include several aspects not limited to goods imported and chattel as earlier, but also other claims such as payment of wages of seamen, loss of life, salvages, mortgage, loss or damage, services and repairs, insurance, ownership and lien, threat of damage to environment etc.
  • The legislation accords highest priority to payment of wages of the seafarers.
  • It also provides for protection against wrongful and unjustified arrest and has provision for transfer of cases from one High Court to another High Court.

Indian Maritime Sector Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy

  • The Government of India has an ongoing Rs. 4000 Crore Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy for 10 years (2016-2026) to encourage domestic shipbuilding.
  • Under this policy, financial assistance will be granted to Indian Shipyards equal to 20% of lower of “Contract Price” or the “Fair Price” of each vessel built by them.
  • Ministry of Shipping has rolled out an updated version of the web application, along with an amended set of guidelines, for facilitating the shipyards to apply under the policy.

Upgradation of Environment Management Plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards

  • A loan agreement has been signed between JICA and Ministry of Finance for grant of soft loan of US$ 76 million for upgradation of the environment management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards.

Cochin Shipyard Limited

  • ‘Make in India’ by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) : Under the Make in India initiative, Cochin Shipyard Ltd. is constructing four passenger-cum–cargo vessels as per order placed by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.

International Ship Repair Facility

  • Hon’ble Minister of Shipping laid the foundation stone for International Ship Repair Facility at Cochin Port Trust, Kochi
  • This facility is being developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited at a cost of Rs. 970 crores.
  • It will have a ship lift and transfer system, six work stations and allied facilities and is expected to generate employment for 1500 persons.

Dry Dock

  • Cochin Shipyard Ltd is also setting up a Dry Dock, to augment its shipbuilding/ ship repair capacity, at a project cost of Rs. 1799 crores.
  • The contract for the project, which is expected to generate employment for 1500 persons, will be awarded shortly and is scheduled to be completed in 30 months thereafter.

Establishment of new lighthouse at Vembar Indian Maritime University

  • IMU has introduced 3 new courses BBA (Logistics, Retailing and E-Commerce), M.Sc. (Commercial Shipping Logistics) and M.Tech (Marine Engineering & Management) from the Academic Year 2017 – 18. IMU has signed a MoU with Southampton Solent University.
  • IMU headquarters is built at 300 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 130.80 crore at Chennai. Its work have been completed and ready for occupation.

International Cooperation International Maritime Organization

  • India got re- elected as a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council under Category ‘B’ by getting second highest number of votes during the IMO Council election
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Institutional Cooperation on Maritime Transport
  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Federal Transport Authority- Land and Maritime in the United Arab Emirates and the Directorate General of Shipping in Republic of India on the Mutual Recognition of certificates of competency as per the provisions of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW, 78) and amendments thereof was signed on January 25, 2017.

COASTAL & CRUISE SHIPPING Conference on Cruise Tourism

  • The Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Tourism had jointly engaged a consortium of M/s Bermello & Ajamil & Partners to prepare a report on the "Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India".
  • The consultant has given recommendations on regulatory issues for customer friendly and hassle free logistical processes.
  • To reach out to the Cruise Lines and tour operators and various stakeholders, a conference on Cruise Tourism was held 2017 in Mumbai
  • Three documents were released in the workshop, (i) India's sea cruise Road map, (ii) Cruise terminal in India and (iii) SOP of the Mumbai Port Trust.

National Workshop on Cruise Tourism with stake holders

  • A National Workshop on Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India was organised jointly by the Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Tourism
  • In India, cruise terminals are being developed at five major ports – Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Mangalore and Chennai.

Initiatives taken in cruise shipping

  • To develop cruise shipping and tourism in the country, Government has constructed New cruise terminals at Mormugao port and Chennai Port.
  • E-visa facility was extended to 5 major ports namely Mumbai Port, Mormugao Port, New Mangalore Port, Cochin Port and Chennai Port.
  • A uniform tariff rate at all major ports has been fixed at $ 0.35 per GRT to attract cruise vessels in India.
  • Facility for foreign flag passenger vessels to call at Indian ports without obtaining license from DG(S) has been extended from February, 2019 to February, 2024.

Coastal Shipping

  • On the request of Ministry of Shipping, Department of Fertilizer has included the primary movement of subsidized urea and P&K fertilizers by rail and/or coastal shipping or inland water transportation including road bridging
  • Now movement of subsidized fertilizers by coastal route and road also qualifies for reimbursement of freight subsidy which will encourage the coastal movement of fertilizer.

Sources – Ministry of shipping/coast guard/PIB