Tuesday, June 29, 2010
WHATS THAT AGAIN?
The European Commission gave a deadline of two months to Portugal to properly implement the EU Law on control of ships. If this deadline is not met the EU will take Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The EU executive instructed the Portuguese authorities to enforce the imposition of penalties for ships that do not meet the safety standards of the EU under the directive "Port State Control". The suit was opened following an inspection conducted by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) www.emsa.europa.eu/ as part of a monitoring programme to assess how the Law is being implemented in each Member State. It has concluded that Portugal is not fulfilling its obligations to impose penalties in practice as the fine was not applied to two ship offenders.
The interesting point in all this to NAUTICAL LOG is that the European Maritime Safety Agency is headquartered right on the docks at:
Cais do Sodre