Inland Vesseles Bill 2021

Inland Vesseles Bill 2021

Recently, the Inland Vesseles Bill 2021 has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

  • This Bill will replace the Inland Vessel Act, 1917. It aims to provide a uniform regulatory framework for inland vessel transport across the country.
  • The ideal share of inland waterways transport in India is only 0.5% as compared to the Netherlands (423) and China (8.78). The Bill will strengthen the procedures governing inland ships.

Key provisions:

  • According to this bill, the government will determine the classification of mechanically propelled inland vessels, standards of design, construction and type of crew accommodation survey and their periodicity.
  • Certificates of survey, registration and insurance policy will be mandatory for ships prior to operation.

It will ensure safe movement of goods and passengers through:

  • Shipping safety standards;
  • Pollution standards on emissions,
  • Investigating all accidents as well as meeting personnel requirements etc.
  • The central government will create an ‘electronic database’ on inland ships.
  • A development fund will be set up for emergency preparedness, pollution prevention and promotion of inland shipping.

Source – The Hindu

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