regarding implementation of amended Regulation 13G and new Regulation
13H, Annex I of Marpol 73/78.
WHEREAS by a Circular No. 3 of 2005 (SS/CAS/POLICY/2005 dated 24th March 2005), this administration decided to grant permission to Indian single hull tankers to operate beyond their phase-out dates, under the provisions of paragraphs 5 and 7 of Regulation 13G (new regulation 20) and paragraphs 5, 6, 7A of Regulation 13H(new regulation 21), Annex 1 of Marpol 73/78, as amended, based on their structural condition, age and operational areas, on a case to case basis;
AND WHEREAS the Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) have made representations to this administration and the Ministry of Shipping that foreign single hull tankers, which are in the wake of their imminent phase-out, may be attempted to be registered as Indian flag ships, to be able to enjoy certain advantages and privileges afforded to them under the existing DGS guidelines for operation of Indian flag vessels along the Indian coast, making India a dumping ground for single hull tankers;
AND WHEREAS pursuant to the receipt of the aforesaid representations, the matter has been under examination in consultation with the Ministry of Shipping;
NOW THEREFORE the DGS notifies that the special exemptions granted to Indian single hull tankers, as per DGS circular No. 3 of 2005 dated 24th March 2005 shall apply only to those single-hull tankers, which have been registered before the date of publication of this circular. However, applications for registration of single hull tankers pending on the date of this circular will be processed and will be governed as per the existing guidelines/circulars.
This issues pursuant to the Ministry of Shipping letter no. SS-16024/ 6/2009-SL dated 30th December, 2009 and with the approval of the Director-General of Shipping & ex-officio Addnl. Secretary with the GOI.
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