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Because of Brexit, EU amends legislation on ship inspection

Staff Writer |
The European Union (EU) is adapting its legislation to ensure legal certainty for ship operators when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Member states' ambassadors who met in the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee approved amended rules on the assessment of ship inspection organisations, whose task it is to ensure the safety of ships and prevent marine pollution.

EU flag states can delegate surveys and certification of their ships to classification societies recognised by the EU. Each of these classification societies has a 'sponsor' member state, meaning the country which initially submitted the request for recognition of the organisation.

Under the current rules, the European Commission assesses recognised classification societies at least every two years, and the 'sponsor' country must participate in the assessment.

The UK is the initial sponsor of two organisations recognised by the EU. However, after Brexit, it will no longer be in a position to participate in the assessments for those organisations.

The amended rules will replace the requirement that only the initial sponsor country is to participate in the assessment, with a provision allowing for the participation of any EU country which has authorised one of the recognised organisations. This will allow organisations for which the UK has acted as sponsor to continue to carry out inspections on behalf of member states.

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