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13 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:37 GMT+2

June 24, 2020

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ANAVE calls on the Spanish government to implement the measures already proposals to support the shipping industry

Aznar: It is essential to strengthen the competitiveness of the Special Naval Register of the Canary Islands

Spanish shipowners have urged their government to implement measures to ensure and increase competitiveness national shipping industry that is Spain's economic recovery. Concluding yesterday assembly of the Asociacion de Navieros Espa'oles (ANAVE), held in Madrid with videoconferencing links, the president of the association, Alejandro Aznar, explained that, so that the maritime sector can contribute to the necessary economic recovery in Spain after the pandemic of coronavirus, it is essential first of all to strengthen competitiveness of the Special Naval Register of the Islands Canary Islands, but also implement the series of proposals which - he recalled - ANAVE has proposed to successive governments in the last 15 Years.

These include aligning Spanish regulations with standards of international conventions, because -- he clarified Aznar - "every aspect in which national regulations differ from international practice and is a obstacle to the competitive operation of the flying ships Spanish flag." In addition, according to the ANAVE, it is centralize the management of the Special Registry of Canary Islands in a public company with great management autonomy that can solve the current dispersal of power between six different ministries and the current absolute rigidity of the administration.

"If the ships of the Spanish shipowners - pointed out the president of ANAVE -- whether or not they will fly the national flag and will create jobs in Spain a lot will depend the introduction of these reforms to make it competitive.'

Aznar pointed out that over the past four years, thanks to investments of around EUR 1,850 million, "the fleet total controlled by Spanish shipowners has grown by 32%, but - he pointed out - the vast majority of This stave has been entered in other European registers, Madeira, Cyprus and Malta. Presently -- he specified -- only half of that fleet operates under the Spanish flag."

Aznar highlighted the dynamism of Spanish shipowners in 2019, it led to an increase of 12.6% in fleet controlled by national shipowners despite the slowdown that the world economy was already experiencing before the pandemic. Aznar recalled that at the beginning of This year Spanish companies controlled a total of 216 ships merchants, totalling just over five million gross size, a figure not reached since 1986.

However, the President of the ANAVE also stressed the serious impact that the health crisis has had on health care companies Spanish shipping, 'in particular - he pointed out - on those that operate passenger ships that for several months have had to stop much of their fleet and manage the part remaining without being able to cover its costs and that, until now -- he denounced -- with very public support limited'.

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