Under the present system, a central marine information centre on Germany's north-west coast records accident information and reports this to a series of separate protection authorities. The experts argue that centralising the system is vital to handle the effects of any future spills.
The report makes 30 recommendations on national and international maritime safety, marine and coastline protection, management of emergencies, and compensation rights. Some of its suggestions, such as the need to present European maritime and compensation proposals to the International Maritime Organisation, mirror a Franco-German sea safety initiative launched earlier this month, following December's Erika oil spill off France's Atlantic coast (ENDS Daily 8 February). German transport minister Reinhard Klimmt has promised thorough testing of all proposed measures, while warning against expectations of absolute maritime safety.
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