M.S. Notice 14 of 2002
Sub: Compliance with the provisions of territorial waters, continental shelf, exclusive economic zone and other Maritime Zone Act, 1976
1. In recent
time an Indian registered sailing vessel was found to be within
the designated area of a production platform at Mumbai high oil
field area. Upon investigation, it was found that person assigned
for keeping navigational watch fell asleep and the watch was left
in the hands of an untrained fresh recruit. As a result, vessel
got deviated from her planned passage, well away from regular
sea route and entered designated area as aforesaid. The situation
could only be realized when the vessel was intercepted by security
personnel guarding the oil field. The vessel was seized and crew
were detained and taken to police station for necessary action
for trespassing ONGC oilfield development area under relevant
section of the Indian penal code.
(a) Engaged or about to be
engaged in the repair of any submarine cable or pipeline in or
adjacent to the said designated areas;
5. In view of foregoing, all ship owners, ship masters, ship operators, seafarers in general and persons employed on sailing vessels / fishing vessels / pleasure yachts not engaged in trade/wooden ships of primitive build including owners/operators of such vessels in particular are hereby urged to take necessary action so that the provisions as aforesaid are not contravened.
This issues with the approval
of Director General of Shipping.