Danes rage at loophole for Russian tankers

Denmark's economic affairs minister Bendt Bendtsen has written "an exceptionally sharp letter" to Russian transport minister Sergey Frank calling for the Russians to stop the passage of single-hulled tankers carrying heavy oil grades through Danish coastal waters, Politiken newspaper reported on Thursday. The Danish government is alarmed by a loophole in IMO regulations agreed two weeks ago permitting the use of such tankers in "shuttle service", Politiken says (EED 05/12/03). Mr Bendtsen has invited Mr Frank to a meeting to discuss the issue. See article.

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