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<TitreRecueil>pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure</TitreRecueil>

<Titre>on the need to inspect vessels transporting hazardous goods more thoroughly</Titre>

<Depute>Mireille D’Ornano</Depute>


Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the need to inspect vessels transporting hazardous goods more thoroughly

The European Parliament,

 having regard to Title XX of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the Italian cargo ship Grande America sank off the coast of France on 12 March 2019, creating a situation in which there was a danger of 2 200 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 45 containers listed, in accordance with international rules, as carrying hazardous materials, including 100 tonnes of hydrochloric acid and 70 tonnes of sulphuric acid, being spilled into the Atlantic Ocean;

B. whereas 35 different technical faults were identified on this vessel in 2010, and whereas, subject to the findings of the investigation, it seems likely that not all of them were repaired, and that some had even become more serious;

C. whereas this vessel, which was heading for Casablanca, was not in any condition to leave the port of Hamburg, and whereas a thorough inspection of the ship would likely have prevented the environmental disaster that then occurred;

1. Calls on the Commission to conduct a detailed investigation into the causes of this environmental disaster, and particularly into the shortcomings in ship inspections at European ports;

2. Calls on the Commission to encourage international cooperation between Member States to prevent a repeat of this disaster.


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