Italy bans old oil tankers from ports
The Italian government has issued a draft decree banning single-hulled tankers over 15 years old and 5,000 tonnes dead weight from ports if they are carrying highly polluting oil products. Italy follows in the footsteps of France and Spain, which introduced similar controls last year in the wake of the Prestige oil spill (EED 27/11/02). The decree was welcomed by Italian environmental groups but branded "insufficient" by the Green party, which urged parliament to amend it by extending the ban beyond ports and to smaller tankers. The text of the decree will appear here.
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