Update on Erika I and Erika II Proposals

Monday, December 17, 2001
At their last European Council meeting this year on December 7 the transport ministers of the European Union, as expected, wrapped up most of the Erika I package. Both the amended directives on Port State Control and on licensing of classification societies were formally adopted at the meeting. The third element of the Erika I package of proposals, the EU rules on the phasing out of single-hull tankers(identical to the changes in MARPOL 13G) will be adopted soon but are still being translated into all the eleven official EU languages. INTERTANKO will revert with a more detailed analysis of the adopted directives in due course. Both directives were adopted in the form in which they emerged from the so-called conciliation procedure in November. This implies that the Port State Control directive introduces much more stringent procedures for transparency and information exchange as well as better targeting, compulsory VDRs from 2007/8 and a system for banning 'repeated sinners' flying flags with a record of poor performance in the Paris MOU area. The licensing of class directive now contains rules which might impose unlimited liability on classification societies under certain circumstances.

Last week's Council also reached so-called political agreement on the proposal for the setting up of a European Maritime Safety Agency (Erika II). It is therefore now likely that such an Agency will see the light of day towards the end of next year. On the two other Erika II proposals: a draft directive on a monitoring and reporting system for maritime traffic and the third layer of oil spill compensation (COPE) there is still some work to be done before agreement can be reached in the Council. Source: Intertanko

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

First Gas Turbine-powered LNG Carrier Granted AIP

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced it has jointly developed world’s first gas turbine-powered 174,000 m3 LNG carrier with GE Aviation and Marine and has secured

Japan's MHI Bags Indian Oil's LNG Storage Tank Contract

Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has awarded a contract to build two football stadium-sized liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks at its upcoming Ennore LNG import terminal

FSL Trust Inks Tanker Contracts

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust announced new time charter agreements for FSL Shanghai, FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore.

Finance

Dry Bulk Market Crisis: Opportunity or Threat?

The shipping industry is experiencing the biggest dry bulk market recession since the 1980s, as uncertain global economic outlook and increased imbalance between

As First Victims Mourned, Italian Navy Searches On

Italy held a funeral service on Tuesday for 13 migrants who died in the worst shipwreck in the Mediterranean in recent history, while the navy continued its search for other victims of the disaster.

Migrant Sailboat Sinks in Aegean, 17 Missing

A sailboat carrying migrants sank in in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece on Tuesday and at least 17 people were missing, Greek authorities said. Greece's

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction 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: 0.1323 sec (8 req/sec)