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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