October 1, 2004
EU publishes list of banned ships
European Commission has published in the Official Journal a list of ships refused access to European Union ports between November 1, 2003 and August 31, 2004.
Publication of this information in the Official Journal is required under the new European rules on port State control (Article 7b(1) of EU Directive 95/21/EC) to ensure transparency and to deter those who already fall short of the relevant maritime safety standards.
"This measure is part of the arsenal of legislation adopted in the wake of the Erika and Prestige disasters to combat oil spills and rust-bucket ships. We must keep up the pressure so that maritime safety continues to improve globally and ensure that the rules are applied rigorously by all Member States."said Loyola de Palacio, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport and energy.
In parallel, at the request of the Commission, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) publishes on its web site a regularly updated list of ships banned from EU ports.
Most of the ships listed in the Official Journal are bulk carriers (12 out of the nineteen), but there are also four ro-ro passenger ships, two chemical tankers and one oil tanker.
Under Article 7b, gas and chemical tankers, bulk carriers, oil tankers and passenger ships are refused access to community ports if:
The "ban" becomes applicable only after the ship has been released from the second or third detention.