Ministers agree stricter port inspections

Transport council adopts general approach on port state control, backs plan to expand short-sea shipping

Transport ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday reached outline agreement on stronger inspection rules for ships visiting EU ports.  A revised system of port state control was among a series of new laws proposed following the 1999 Erika oil spill (EED 24/11/05).

The European commission proposed that all ships should be inspected for compliance with health, safety and environmental rules, compared with a minimum of 25% now.  EU governments want to soften the requirement to 95% for high-risk vessels and 90% on others.

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