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27 June 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 10:39 GMT+2

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EU ministers agree on improving requirements stability for ro-pax ships

The Presidency of the Council of the EU will launch the negotiations with the European Parliament

Yesterday the Council of the European Union adopted its position on strengthening the stability requirements of the passenger and rolling stock ships. The objective of EU transport ministers is to introduce stricter stability to increase the level of safety of ro-pax ships as part of the current revision of the European Directive no. 25 of 14 April 2003 on specific requirements of stability for these ships.

The proposal to amend the Directive ensures, as far as possible, consistency with international standards on stability in damage conditions for passenger ships recently updated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the SOLAS 2020 Convention. IMO introduces new regime to assess the chances of survival of the vessels ro-pax in conditions of failure and new associated requirements. The new however, international standards appear insufficient in the light of the requirements already in place in the EU for new small ships size, which is why the proposal provides for the maintenance of safety requirements of a level equivalent to that provided for by the existing Community law.

In addition, the proposal aims to strengthen the requirements for entry in the European Union fleet of large ships existing and not yet certified at EU level. The text of the The Council maintained the general approach of the proposal of the European Commission, except for an extension of the deadline of transposition that, in accordance with the Council's position, it would take from 12 to 24 months.

Following the general approach adopted yesterday by ministers of EU transport the Council presidency will launch the negotiations with the European Parliament as soon as the latter has approved its position.

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