Shipping company’s NOCs cancelled

The Vizag police commissioner, who is the competent authority for issuance of no-objection certificates, has cancelled the NOCs issued to Sravan Shipping company that handles ammonium nitrate at Vizag port.

The order of cancellation of the NOCs was issued to the company on September 18 after the company failed to give a proper reply to the show-cause notice issued to it by police chief Manish Kumar Sinha within a week’s time. It may be recalled that the police commissioner had issued the show-cause notice after an inspection of the shipping firm’s warehouse at Chukkavanipalem was carried out by a police team on September 11. During the inspection, police officials found many safety violations in the warehouse following which the notice was issued.

As per the show-cause, officials found gross violation of safety provisions and also related maintenance of records and submission of returns. There was also violation of licence conditions in constructing the warehouses with different dimensions and without keeping safety distance as specified in the rules and as proposed by the shipping firm in the site plan enclosed with the application to district authority based on which the NOCs were given, the police commissioner mentioned in the cancellation order.

The police chief, in his order, said Sravan Shipping in its response has sought more time to offer their reply citing inconveniences and difficulties due to Covid-19, because of which the agency has been working with skeletal staff.

Earlier, Sinha had clearly mentioned in the show-cause notice that the company’s response be given within seven days, failing which action would be taken.