FTW Pick: DoT takes issue with criticism about MSA amendments

The Department of Transport has dismissed criticism levelled at the so-called slow progress of amending the Merchant Shipping Act (MSA) of 1951, describing it as “the private sector’s inability to properly grasp the procedures of drafting new legislation”.

Reacting to an earlier article about the MSA and last year’s Draft Merchant Shipping Bill in particular, deputy director general of marine transport at the Department of Transport, Dumisani Ntuli, said it was important to understand that “it’s a long and complicated process” that has to be followed.

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