Port of Trieste implements anti-fouling rules 1st January 20­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­06

The ItalianPort of Trieste has implemented new anti-fouling requirements which will apply as of 1st January 2006. EU-flagged ships entering the port will now have to present documentation which demonstrates their compliance with the EU’s Regulation on the presence of tin based anti-fouling coatings on ships’ hulls.

A circular from the Ministry of Transport in Genoa was issued to ports in Italy on 7 December instructing them to implement the EU regulation. So far we have only received information from the Port of Trieste acting on this request from the Ministry but it is understood that other ports will soon follow this lead.

While the Ministry of Transport explains in its circular that the requirement to inspect vessels’ certificates is to help assess adherence to the EU Regulation and IMO Convention, the Ministry also makes it clear that ports should detain vessels which do not have such documentation.

However the requirements implemented by Trieste, as requested by the Italian Ministry, ensure that this only applies to EU flagged vessels.

For an informal translation of the requirements, kindly provided by an INTERTANKO member, click here.

INTERTANKO has made contact with the Trieste Harbour Master and Coast Guard to seek clarification of this requirement and been informed that the port is acting to implement the requirements which came into force in Europe on 14 April 2003, i.e. EU Regulation 782/2003. It is therefore anticipated that other member states may also begin to implement the EU regulation and members are therefore advised to contact their flag administration (if European) to ensure that the relevant certification is provided for the vessel.

For further guidance, you will find the EU Regulation 782 relating to tin-based anti-fouling systems by clicking here.

Further information on the IMO Convention can be found on the INTERTANKO website here together with a summary of the EU Regulation.

Contact: Tim Wilkins