The Merchant Shipping Notice 11 of 2020, establishing a routeing system for the southwest Indian waters, enters into effect on 1st August 2020. The system comes in response to a number of collisions of fishing vessels in the busy sea route in the area.
The Indian Directorate General of Shipping has established rules to make sure that trade will resume, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian Customs’ new Sea Cargo Manifest and Transhipment Regulations (SCMTR) will be implemented on 16 February 2020. The new regulation will bring changes in timelines and requirements for advance notice by vessels arriving in India and exports through ships out of India.
India has exempted very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) used by ships from import tax, federal budget documents for 2020/21 show, in an effort to reduce costs for local shipping companies.
The Government of India informed that the “Recycling of Ships” Bill has become an Act, with the government setting specific international standards and implementing a statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards.
The Director General of Shipping in India issued an addendum on the regulation of banning single-use plastic in Indian waters, providing details concerning a delayed timetable for the introduction of the ban on plastics.
India announced that it will ban the use of single use plastics on board Indian ships and foreign ships, when these ships are at a port or place in India. The ban will take effect from 1 January 2020.
The Government of India published the Sea Cargo Manifest & Transhipment Regulations 2018 (Regulations framed under the Customs Act, 1962) following a number of extensions and amendments, which came into force on August 1, 2019.
In order to promote the Make in India initiative and give incentives for ship building activity in the country, the Indian Ministry of Shipping revised its guidelines for chartering of ships by providing Right of First Refusal to ships built in India. Whenever a tendering process is performed to charter a vessel, a bidder offering a ship built in India will be given the first priority to match the L1 quote.
In a bid to improve domestic maritime competitiveness, India announced plans to relax its cabotage law, which has been a matter of discussion for many years. Under the present Merchant Shipping Act 1958, only Indian-flagged vessels or foreign-flagged vessels as licensed by DGS, can ply the coasting trade of India.
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