Govt separates operation routes for merchant, fishing vessels in south-west Indian waters

Ministry of Shipping has separated the operation routes for merchant vessels and fishing vessels in South West Indian waters. Ministry has taken the step keeping in view safety and efficiency of navigation. 

The new routes will come into force from first of August. Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said that the decision reflects centre’s commitment for ensuring ease of navigation in Indian waters. He said, it will also reduce instances of collision and will provide ease in flow of traffic along with enhancing protection of marine environment.

Substantial number of merchant ships pass through Arabian Sea along South West coast of the country and many fishing vessels operate in the same region. The region being one of the busy routes, causes accidents between vessels and ships.

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