Watching Government: EU tanker safety

03/15/2004
The European Commission late last month gave its 12 member states until Apr. 5 to implement new tanker safety rules following two catastrophic oil tanker accidents off the European coast.EC officials sent a formal notice letter to all European Union states, except Denmark, Germany, and Spain, warning that legal action might be taken through the Court of Justice if they do not comply.The new rules call on countries to tighten safety and emergency procedures. Measures include: requiring that oil tankers and other large shipping vessels carry a voyage data recorder ("black box"), creating places of refuge for distressed ships, and establishing a better monitoring system for vessels with dang...
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