EU Ports Policy: Where Do We Go from Here?

With the advent of the The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, an impressive array of regulations has been put in place to safeguard European Union (EU) ports from acts of terrorism and other unlawful acts. Also, the ‘Prestige’ tanker disaster has triggered important legislation that may affect ports, as regards safety and environmental protection. This paper takes a look at current port safety, security and environmental protection legislation, vis-à-vis the general policy thrust of the EU in the area of transport, and discusses the situation faced by the port sector and EU intermodal transport in the new regime. It is argued that the authors have a long way to go towards reaching policy goals as regards shifting cargo from land to sea. Challenges and opportunities are identified, and recommendations on how to improve the current situation are made.


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  • Accession Number: 01606272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2016 9:33AM