Oil Parliament

Oil pollution bill delayed

An “oversight” by the department of transport saw MPs on Wednesday delay processing draft legislation aimed at making South Africa a full member of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.

“We don’t want to process a bill without the entity being present. In view of this… we need to postpone,” transport portfolio committee chairwoman Ruth Bhengu told members. The “entity” referred to is the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), the absence of which body, according to a senior transport department official present, “just might have been an oversight on our part”.

The committee was holding public hearings on two related pieces of draft legislation: the Merchant Shipping (International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Bill, and the Merchant Shipping (Civil Liability Convention) Bill. Read the rest on Engineering News

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