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Safe seas: Council Resolution

a Council Resolution of 8.6.1993 concerns a common policy for safe seas.

Inter alia, the Resolution reaffirms the conclusions of the extraordinary Council of 25.1.1993 which stated the Council's intention to improve maritime safety and to contribute to the prevention of marit...
a Council Resolution of 8.6.1993 concerns a common policy for safe seas.

Inter alia, the Resolution reaffirms the conclusions of the extraordinary Council of 25.1.1993 which stated the Council's intention to improve maritime safety and to contribute to the prevention of maritime pollution in the seas surrounding the Community through the development and implementation of international standards concerning ships, personnel and navigation procedures (the development of navigation infrastructures and emergency facilities).

The Council welcomes the Commission communication on "A common policy for safe seas" including its coherent action programme on priority measures to be taken by the Community and its Member States to enhance maritime safety and pollution prevention.

Further measures should be taken to strengthen inspection, in particular to reinforce those concerning: Standards of operation and measures against substandard crews; improvement of the safety of maritime navigation; identification, on the basis of existing legislation and international guidelines, of environmentally sensitive areas within the Community and the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of specific measures for them.

The Council Resolution welcomes the fact that the Commission has presented proposals concerning common rules for ship inspection and rules for the minimum level of training for maritime organizations. It urges the Commission to submit as soon as possible suggestions for specific action on the implementation of the Council Directive concerning minimum requirements for vessels bound for or leaving Community ports and carrying dangerous or polluting goods.

The Council also urges the Commission to submit proposals for the enforcement of the relevant IMO resolutions, in particular on application of tonnage measurement of ballast spaces, identification numbers for all ships, a Community register (EUROS) with a view to safety at sea under European flags, common safety rules for marine equipment on board commercial and passenger vessels, a Committee in safe seas, and measures for traffic surveillance and aid including vessel traffic services (VTS).
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