Meeting the long–pending demand, the Ministry of Shipping has separated the operation routes of merchant’s vessels and fishing vessels in South West Indian waters, considering the safety and efficiency of navigation.
The Arabian Sea around the south-west coast of India is a busy sea route, with a substantial number of merchant ships passing through the area, along with a large number of fishing vessels operating in the area. It sometimes causes accidents between them, resulting in damage to property and environmental pollution, and in several instances has resulted in the loss of lives also.
Union Minister for State for Shipping (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has said that the decision reflects our commitment to ensuring ease of navigation in Indian waters. “It will also ensure improvement in avoidance of collision, ease inflow of traffic along with the safety of life at sea and enhance protection of the marine environment. It is a very proactive and positive step of Directorate General of Shipping which will efficiently regulate shipping traffic in this region.”, Shri Mandaviya said.
The coordinates of the routing system in the south-west of Indian waters are notified by DG Shipping through M.S. Notice-11 of 2020. The new routes come into force with effect from 1st August 2020.