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Maritime business in India is booming: Shaikh

business Updated: Sep 21, 2008 12:29 IST
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Maritime business in India is booming along with the fast developing economy, maritime administration of the Union of Comoros has said.

"The Maritime business in India has been booming. This is evident from the increased activities witnessed at the India office of the maritime administration of the Union of Comoros during the last one year," Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, Union of Comoros Akram M Shaikh told PTI.

Kshitij D Vedak has been appointed as the deputy commissioner for maritime affairs for India and the office based in Mumbai provides easy accessibility to flag for all Indian ship owners and issues provisional registration within 24 hours after submition of required documents, Shaikh said here last night.

Shaikh, hailing from Mangalore in Karnataka, has been delegated to the development and protection of the Union of Comoros ships international registry worldwide after the Merchant of Shipping Act 2001 was brought into force by the Comoros government by an ordinance in July 2001.

"The registry provides unrestricted passage to all UAE and Indian ports and most of the ports worldwide," Shaikh said.

The Comoros registration provided competitive fees and faster services, he said.

"More than 600 vessels have so far been registered under Comoros flag. Out of which around 300 vessels flagged from our Dubai office and other vessels have been flagged from our Mumbai office since its inception in 2007," he said.

"Comoros flagged vessels regularly ply on the Indian coasts," he added.