The Union government will soon issue guidelines to streamline the process of collection of oil cess which can be then used to assist ports to equip themselves for pollution mitigation, said the Union Minister of Shipping GK Vasan. Steps are also being taken to delegate powers to State Authorities for registration, survey and certification of fishing vessels.
The Minister said, the notification to delegate powers to State Maritime Boards to receive wrecks have been prepared and it will be issued soon. Assistance is also proposed to be provided in respect of capital dredging projects, the Minister added.
A recent important development is that the river sea vessels rules have been amended to allow seamless movement of coastal vessels and powers have been delegated to the State Governments, he added.