Safer shipping rules urged for Baltic

The Helsinki Commission (Helcom) should consider a raft of proposals to improve maritime safety in the Baltic Sea, experts agreed at a workshop in Germany yesterday. These include making pilotage in high-risk areas mandatory, unifying rules on ships travelling through ice, and speeding up the phasing out of single-hulled tankers carrying heavy-grade oil. Helcom should also consider getting the Baltic designated a particularly sensitive sea area. The experts noted that a safety package adopted by Helcom in 2001 was largely in place or on track (EED 10/09/01). See press release.

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