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Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:46 - Updated Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:46

Angola to update law on merchant shipping and ports

Luanda - The law on merchant shipping, ports and related activities will be updated, whose a set of legal regulatory document was approved on Wednesday by the Cabinet Council.

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Transport Minister, Augusto Tomás

Photo: Lucas Neto

Speaking to the press at the end of the 2nd ordinary session of the Cabinet Council, the Transport minister, Augusto Tomás, justified the update of the law, due to the fact that it is outdated in relation to the current context of the country.

He said that Angola joined the international conventions of the United Nations on the Law of the Sea and on search and rescue, reason why it is also needed to align the country's legislation in that direction.

The update that is extended to the regulations of the national integrated maritime traffic control system, he said, focuses mainly on ensuring the safety of vessels, passengers, crew, cargo and catches on board of ships.

On the whole, stated Augusto Tomás, the update aims to safeguard human life at sea, the management of maritime traffic in the national coastline, contributing to the fight against illegal immigration and illegal fishing in Angolan shoreline.

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