EC approves tougher tanker regulations


PARIS� The European Commission transportation ministers this week approved the first package of reform measures that France proposed to the 15 member countries Feb. 15.

It was the last EC transport ministers meeting under French presidency.

Besides improving the controls to be carried out on vessels by the classification companies, the member states promised to increase to 4,400/year the number of controls on ships in ports. They also intend to improve efficiency by targeting ships presenting the greatest risks.

Ships that have been detained twice in a port will be banned and all ships must carry "black boxes." The EU Parliament was expected to approve the measures at its next session, enabling them to take effect during 2001.

EU plans to discuss the ban of single hull vessels with the International Maritime Organization, which opposes the regulation (OGJ Online, Mar. 13, 2000).

If the organization does not agree to the proposal by April, individual EU member states will take measures as early as June 2001. Single-hulled tankers will be banned according to a schedule ranging from 2003 to 2015 according to vessel type and age.

France has also obtained a commitment from member states for an ambitious reform of the Oil Pollution Compensation Fund and for ratification of the High Noxious Substances Convention involving damage caused by chemical substances.

Another transportation reform package, dubbed Erika II, is being considered as well (OGJ Online, Dec. 7, 2000).

Related Articles

New York county puts freeze on Bakken crude

03/24/2014 Government officials in Albany County, NY, have issued a moratorium on Global Partners LP's plans to increase the processing of Bakken crude oil at...

HSC remains closed, fuel cleanup continues after barge collision

03/24/2014 The Houston Ship Channel (HSC) remained closed to unauthorized vessels Mar. 24 as the result of a temporary emergency safety zone being established...

OGJ Newsletter

08/19/2013

International news for oil and gas professionals

OGJ Newsletter

07/01/2013

International news for oil and gas professionals

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected