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Friday, September 21, 2018

Spain publishes new Royal Decree increasing PSC inspection rate to 30%

In the aftermath of the Prestige accident, the Spanish Government continues to further enhance maritime security measures with a Royal Decree (91/2003) increasing port state control (PSC) inspections to at least 30%, which will enter into force on 5 February 2003. This goes further than international PSC agreements requiring 25% of foreign vessels to be inspected. The twelve-month maximum interval between expanded inspections on certain tankers carrying crude or petroleum products has also been reduced to six months. (Ref Annex II of the EU Directive 2001/106/EC ).

In a separate Royal Decree on Classification Societies (90/2003) published on the same date, requirements for classification societies acting on behalf of the Spanish Flag as recognised organisations have been tightened. More importantly under the terms of the Royal Decree there is the requirement of unlimited liability from classification societies.

Contact: Sally Woulfe