European Union Regulations on single-hull oil tankers
The Secretary-General of IMO, Mr. William A. O'Neil, expressed serious concern about the European Union Regulation on single-hull oil tankers, which reportedly entered into force on 21 October 2003.
While being aware of the considerations which led to the regional measures being adopted by the European Union, Mr. O'Neil was particularly disturbed at their unilateral character and the negative repercussions the measures would have on the shipping industry, which, due to its international nature, makes it imperative that safety, security and environmental standards must be established on the basis that they would be applied globally.
He was particularly disappointed at this turn of events mainly for two reasons:
Calling on all
IMO Members and MARPOL Parties to work together to ensure the success of the
December session of the MEPC, Mr. O'Neil stressed that they should also act
in accordance with all of their obligations under the MARPOL Convention. The
role of IMO as the prime forum for technical matters affecting international
shipping should also be fully recognized. Shipping is an international industry
serving the overwhelming percentage of global trade and the world economy and
it is therefore vital that any safety, security and pollution prevention and
control standards affecting the industry be developed and adopted by the international
community through the International Maritime Organization.
IMO - the International
Maritime Organization - is the United Nations Specialized Agency with responsibility
for the safety of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
23 October 2003