Angola regulates law on merchant navy and ports

25 February 2016

The government of Angola has approved a set of regulations to regulate the law on the merchant navy, ports and related activities, said Wednesday in Luanda the minister of Transport, Augusto Tomás.

Specifically, the government approved the regulations of the National Integrated System for Maritime Traffic Control, Piloting at National Ports, Sea Search and Rescue System, Maritime Staff, as well as the regulation on the Safe Capacity of Ships and Vessels.

After the cabinet meeting, Augusto Tomás justified the approval of those legal instruments based on the fact that current legislation is out of step with reality.

The minister recalled that Angola has acceded to United Nations’ international conventions on the Law of the Sea and on Search and Rescue, and that these conventions now need to be incorporated into national legislation.

On the whole, Tomás said cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the new regulations are intended to safeguard human life at sea, the management of maritime traffic along the national coast, contributing to the fight against illegal immigration and illegal fishing on the Angolan coast. (macauhub/AO)