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Jamaica: Government to introduce bill to guard against ship emissions

In an effort to guard the environment against harmful ship emissions, Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montaque says he will be pushing for a Maritime Pollution Bill in Parliament.

Speaking at the International Bunkering Industry Association Gala Dinner on Thursday night at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, St James, Montague said he has received a correspondence from the Maritime Authority of Jamaica about the important of having the Maritime Pollution Bill passed within the next six months.

“I recently met with the board chairman of the NAJ, who not only updated me on what the priorities of the MAJ are, but also impressed forcibly on me the importance of fast-tracking some critical pieces of legislation, one of which is the Maritime Pollution Bill. And you have instructed me that this piece of legislation must be passed within six months. I have taken up your challenge,” Minister Montague stated.

Montaque noted that while Jamaica is moving to capitalise on the opportunities in the bunkering industry, equal care must be applied by way of legislation and policies, to ensure that while the country reaps the economic benefits from the sector, the country’s marine life remains intact.

“Even as we prepare to grow our share of the bunkering market, it is equally important that the decision-making process and economic growth consider the impact that the economic activities will have on the marine environment, and introduce measures to mitigate against these impacts,” he said.

He pointed to a recent study on ship emissions, which revealed that it contributes to premature births, among other medical ailments.
Source: Jamaica News

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