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Poland ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

Poland is the 26th ILO member State and the seventh EU member State to have ratified the Convention On 3 May 2012, the Government of Poland deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Poland is the 26th ILO member State and the seventh EU member State to have ratified the Convention. Poland has a fleet of over 180 vessels and supplies over 22,000 seafarers to international shipping while in 2011 it was the world's sixth largest ship-building country for cargo carrying ships.In depositing the instrument of ratification, Mr. Remigiusz A. Henczel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva, stated: "The ratification of the MLC, 2006 is the result of joined efforts of the Polish Government and the social partners. It has also been an occasion for the review and advancement of our national legislation and practice in the maritime sector. Being one of the main source of maritime labour force in Europe, Poland attaches great attention to decent working conditions for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners promoted by the MLC, 2006 and we hope that the ...

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Maritime safety- Commission sends reasoned opinion to four Member States

To communicate what measures they were takingre accidents at sea The European Commission today sent reasoned opinions to Austria, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom for their failure to communicate what measures they were taking to transpose Directive2009/18/EC on the investigation of accidents at sea.This is the normal procedure in the event of a persistent failure to communicate such measures despite having received formal notice. Sending a reasoned opinion is the last step in the procedure before possibly taking a matter to the Court of Justice.The EU rulesDirective2009/18/EC lays down the basic principles governing investigations into accidents in the maritime transport sector. It requires Member States to bring into force the necessary legislative, regulatory and administrative implementing provisions before 17June2011.The practical consequences of non-transpositionDirective2009/18/EC aims to improve maritime safety and better prevent pollution from ships by requiring Member States to organise safety investigations after serious accidents at sea. The purpose of these investigations, which are separate from any criminal investigations and are carried out by independent bodies, is to establish what has caused the accidents and draw lessons to improve maritime safety in the future. If they fail to take the necessary measures, Member States prevent such arrangements from being ...

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Poland recognizes Bureau Veritas for inland navigation vessel inspection

For vessels flying the Polish flag The government of Poland has officially recognized Bureau Veritas for the inspection of inland navigation vessels flying the Polish flag. The recognition is within the scope of European Directive 2006/87/EC, as transposed into Polish law, and also covers measurement certification according to national regulation.The recognition was confirmed by Mr.Chmielewski, deputy director of Shipping Safety Department, Ministry of Infrastructure. The agreement was signed by the director of each of the Inland Navigation Offices in Poland - Mr Wos, Mr Pys, and Mr Slominski from Szczecin, Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz from Szczecin, Wroclaw and Bydgoszcz respectively - in the presence of Bureau Veritas Inland Navigation Management and the Marine Manager for Poland, Jan Dabkowski.The official recognition of Bureau Veritas for the inspection of inland navigation vessels within the scope of the ADN (International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways) regulation will be the subject of a specific agreement to fine-tune the framework, although it has already been lodged with the United Nations.Source: Bureau Veritas

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