No oil tanker of 5, 000 dwt or more carrying heavy grades of oil as cargo, irrespective of its flag, may enter or leave an EU port or offshore installation or anchor in an area under the jurisdiction of an EU Member State (including for ship-to-ship transfer operations, bunkering, crew changes, storing, etc. ), unless it is double-hulled. Single-hull oil tankers of 600 dwt or more but less than 5, 000 dwt can continue operating until the anniversary in 2008 of their delivery date. The ban is an interim measure pending the complete phasing-out of all single-hull tankers. (See also questions on Condition Assessment Scheme in Section D. )

 

(1) The VTM Directive is implemented in the UK by The Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/2110), as amended. (2) The Port Waste Reception Facilities Directive is implemented by The MS and FV (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/1809), as amended. (3) The PSC Directive is implemented by The Merchant Shipping (Port State Control) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2601).

A recommendation that the ship: (1) should enter or leave a port in a relevant area; (2) should not enter or leave a port in a relevant area; (3) should not be bunkered; or (4) should only be bunkered subject to certain conditions, until the MCA are of the opinion that there is no longer a serious threat of pollution or a risk to human life. (For other questions on this subject, see the end of Section I.) 

 

The Ship Security Officer (SSO) should advise the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) without delay. The PFSO should undertake an assessment of the situation in consultation with the SSO and agree on appropriate security measures with the ship, which may include completion and signing of a Declaration of Security. Any costs entailed in additional security measures would be settled by the ship.

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