Yannick Jadot, the head of the list EELV for the european, criticized on Thursday “the laxity that there are often around the maritime transport”, after the sinking of the Italian ship “Great America” that could result in an oil spill on the French coasts.
“It is dramatic the laxity that there are often around the maritime transport”, said Yannick Jadot, on France 2, while stressing that this eventual oil spill would be dramatic for the French coast, this is not the first time, it is renewed regularly”.
“The organization of international maritime is trusté by all the flags of convenience who are trying constantly to fight down against all the rules at once social, security, environment,” said the ecologist. “It is in this context that we can’t tax the oil heavy fuel oil”.
But according to Mr Jadot, Europe must seize this phenomenon: “from the moment a ship arrives at a european port, it is absolutely necessary to strengthen the controls and we need people to respect these rules”.
“In the european ports, not to ask too many problems, it does nothing, it is preferred that a vessel is at sea rather than attached to a port,” he added.
“I don’t know what complacency Mr. Jadot is talking about. We have a action which is extremely determined to maritime security,” replied the minister of the ecological Transition and solidarity François de Rugy, who was interviewed on Public Senate.
He cited in particular the establishment of maritime routes “monitored very strictly” and of a european Agency for maritime safety. In Europe “from the moment when it comes (…) in a large european port, there are controls”, he still defended.
Europe is also in the process “to impose on the international maritime transport, in any case, all the ships that come into the ports of europe, change of engines no longer use this heavy fuel oil, but liquefied natural gas, recalled Mr. Rugy.
Mr. Jadot “, which is member of the european parliament, he could congratulate himself, and it might say +here, we are making progress+. But obviously not everything can be settled in a day”, has yet replicated to the minister.
An oil slick moves toward the coast of france after the sinking of the Italian ship “Great America”, which sank off the coast of La Rochelle with hazardous materials and 2.200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil in its bunkers, authorities said.
The “Great America”, vessel is a hybrid between a ro-ro ship and a container vessel, with a length of 214 metres, came from Hamburg (Germany) and was supposed to go to Casablanca (Morocco) when it was hit by a fire Sunday evening.