'Maritime laws must be changed to tackle piracy'
Piracy is becoming increasingly problematic, particularly off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, and the threat has now escalated
Expressing concern over the piracy, Moily said, “It has an impact on
trade while also raising the spectre of an environmental catastrophe.
Above all, our concern should be for the safety of life at sea and the
interests of seafarers involved and their families.”
Calling for the total revamp of maritime laws to deal with the emerging
issues, Moily said, “While India like many Commonwealth nations nofollow
Victorian-era British statutes in maritime area, to tackle the new and
emerging problems, the laws must change with time.”
Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan said, “While India has adequate
manpower, we still lack right type of manpower to aid the maritime field
and that’s why small country like the Philippines is able to meet more
than 30 per cent of global maritime force.”
Vasan also announced that the Indian Maritime University would soon sign
an MoU with Malta-based IMO International Maritime Law Institute for
the development and dissemination of knowledge and expertise in
international maritime law.
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