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.

Please sign in to access this article. To subscribe, view our subscription options, or take out a free trial.

Please enter your details

Forgotten password?

Having trouble signing in?

Contact Customer Support at
or call 020 8267 8120

Not a subscriber?

Take a free trial now to discover the critical insights and updates our coverage offers subscribers.