Published: Monday 31 August 1998

The Sri Lankan government is introducing legislation imposing levy on all ships entering the Colombo port, says the chairperson of Marine Pollution Prevention Authority (MPPA). This came after a recent oil spill at the port. The levy will cover the cost of the clean-up operations. This new law will enable authorities to seize, detain, or fine a ship for pollution. The MPPA had formulated a national oil contingency plan, and its approval would give it power to take action in case of an oil spill. But all these new laws are subject to parliamentary approval.

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