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Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:27 - Updated Wed, 24 Feb 2016 17:28

Angola to update merchant navy, ports law

Luanda - Cabinet Council approved Wednesday a set of legal documents aimed at regulating the update of law on merchant navy, ports and related activities.

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Transport minister, Augusto Tomás

Photo: Lucas Neto

The information was released by Transport minister, Augusto Tomás, while speaking to the press at the end of the 2nd ordinary session of Cabinet Council, chaired by president José Eduardo dos Santos.

The official said that the update follows the fact that the current law is out of the line with 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 search and rescue, having defended the need to align the country's legislation in this purpose.

According to him, the update that extends to the regulations of national integrated system of marine traffic control aims, mainly, to ensure the safety of vessels, passengers, crew, cargo and catch on board of ships.

Augusto Tomás also said that the law is intended to safeguard human life at sea.

The law also ensure the management of maritime traffic in the national coast, contributing to the fight against illegal immigration and illegal fishing in Angolan coast.

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