The Admiralty Bill (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha.
Admiralty Bill | Major features
- The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues.
- It also aims to replace archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance.
- The Admiralty Bill confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends up to territorial waters.
- There was a need for repealing five obsolete British statutes on admiralty jurisdiction in civil matters, which are 126 to 177 years old.
- The Bill provides for prioritization of maritime claims and maritime liens while providing protection to owners, charterers, operators, crew members and seafarers at the same time.