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October 1, 2003

EU single-hull legislation offers only partial protection

Unni Einemo

A European Union ban on the carriage of heavy grades of oil in single hull tankers (SHTs) is due to come into force 20 days from now (October 21), following the publication of Regulation (EC) No 1726/2003, amending Regulation (EC) No 417/2002 today in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The aim of the legislation is to ensure that there is never another Erika or Prestige style environmental disaster in European waters, but loopholes in the law will allow unscrupulous oil traders to continue shipping fuel oil along the same route that the ill-fated Prestige tanker was following on its last voyage ......
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