New bill to get tough on ship pollution

An update to the Merchant Shipping Act with clauses to tackle pollution from cargo ships has been sent to the Attorney-General ahead of its formal submission to parliament, says an official from the Ministry of Transport.

The bill proposes “stiff fines” for both water and air pollution and a more developed maritime security framework, according to said U Ye Myint, a director in the ministry’s department for setting laws and technological standards.