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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spain bans single hull tankers in Decree Law

On 13 December 2002, a Royal Decree Law was published by the Spanish Government which bans all single hull tankers, regardless of the flag, carrying heavy fuel oil, tar, asphaltic bitumen and heavy crude, entering Spanish ports, terminals or anchorages.

The entry into force will be effective from 1 January 2003. Until that date, single hull tankers transporting heavy fuel oil, tar, asphaltic bitumen or heavy crude will be required to notify the Spanish maritime authorities 24 hours before entering Spanish ports.

INTERTANKO understand that the Spanish Administration is currently working on a precise technical definition of the concerned cargoes. (see article below ‘Hasty legislation creating confusion’)

INTERTANKO is deeply concerned with the ill-conceived measures announced by the Spanish government in the Decree Law.

For a copy of INTERTANKO’s press statement of 13 December 2002  and an English translation of the Decree Law go to

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