European Delays on Single Hull Harmonization Regs

Monday, July 12, 2004
It is now more than seven months since the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted amendments to MARPOL's single hull rules for tankers, so says INTERTANKO.

Despite the obvious benefits of alignment of the European single hull regulation with these rules, the European Union has still not formally concluded this work, which INTERTANKO finds unacceptable.

INTERTANKO has sent another reminder to the European Commission this week, adding that the European complaints about the lack of speed in IMO now ring hollow.

Following the Prestige accident, the European Union adopted Regulation 1726/2003 (accelerated single hull tanker phase-out, carriage of heavy grade oils in double hulls, condition assessment). This Regulation took effect in Europe on 21 October 2003, before the IMO discussion on the same issues could reasonably be concluded. The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted amendments to Regulation 13G and produced Regulation 13H to Annex I of MARPOL on 4 December 2003 [Resolution MEPC.111(50) and Resolution MEPC.112(50)].

In a message to the European Commission in February 2004, INTERTANKO underlined that tanker shipping should be governed by the same regulations internationally, otherwise uncertainty and confusion may arise which would be counterproductive to the purpose of ensuring safe shipping. We underlined that it was therefore in the interests of safety to ensure that the European Regulation 1726/2003 should take into account the MEPC conclusions.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter June 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

RS Rules Conform to the IMO Goal-based Standards

The rules of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping are in conformity to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)goal-based standards (GBS), the IMO’s Maritime

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers

Terntank's first 15000DWT Chemical Tanker Passes Sea Trials

The first dual-fuel two-stroke engine employing the low-pressure X-DF gas admission technology developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has passed the final

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0595 sec (17 req/sec)