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Thursday, September 20, 2018

INTERTANKO points at violation of EU’s international treaty obligations in Prestige-follow-up

After the European Commission tabled its draft regulation in December on an accelerated phasing out of single-hulled vessels and a ban on transport of HFO and “heavy crude oil” in and out of European ports on single-hulled ships, these issues are now up for discussion with EU Member States and the European Parliament. At the same time several EU Member States are taking unilateral action against tankers in international trade.

Against this background INTERTANKO’s MD, Peter Swift, and Deputy MD and Legal Counsel, Svein Ringbakken, conducted a new series of meetings in Brussels on 9 and 10 January. A wide range of issues and concerns of the tanker industry were raised on the proposed regulations and related matters. Amongst the meetings held were talks with the political advisors of both EU Commissioner Chris Patten, responsible for EU foreign relations, and Commission Vice President Loyola de Palacio. INTERTANKO also had meetings with the Greek Presidency as well as with other representatives of the Member States.

Among the issues discussed were the potential market implications of the current phase-out proposal, possible changes to the suggested definition of “heavy crude oil” and not the least the various international treaty obligations the EU might be violating if it continues with its present course of actions.

Contact: Peter Swift, e-mail: