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EC Scrutinizes Maritime Safety Classification Societies

by Ulrika Lomas, for, Brussels

17 October 2006

The European Commission last week adopted a report evaluating the quality of the work of the classification societies, which are the bodies responsible for certifying ship safety.

Following the adoption of the “ERIKA I” and “ERIKA II” legislative packages, the Commission was entrusted with this evaluation, which it has carried out with the help of the European Maritime Safety Agency.

“The classification societies are an essential link in the quality assurance chain for ships in European waters. We are satisfied with the results of our inspections, which were carried out with the cooperation of the societies involved”, announced Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for transport, adding: “However, there is still some way to go before we reach the level of safety demanded by European citizens”.

The Commission’s report confirmed the high technical standard of the classification societies approved by the Community, but pointed to a certain number of weaknesses in the way they are operated.

The Commission has therefore stated its intention to tackle those problems rigorously and by emphasising prevention.

"I have asked the European Maritime Safety Agency to step up its monitoring," Mr Barrot explained.

The Commission’s report also looks into the impact of the liability regime of the classification societies introduced by Directive 2001/105/EC. The Commission takes the view that, since there has been no opportunity to test the regime before the courts, it is too soon to attempt to reform it at this stage.

In connection with the 3rd “Maritime Safety” package, the Commission proposes to reform the Community classification societies regime. This reform would include, among other things, the creation of an independent structure responsible for certifying the quality control system of approved societies and the introduction of a system of financial penalties for those which fail to fulfil their obligations properly.

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