EU’s port legislation enters into force
The European Union’s Port Services Regulation has now entered into force and EU member states will be required to implement the legislation within two years.
Setting out a framework for port services covering mooring, towage, bunkering and waste as well as financial transparency arrangements for ports on the EU TEN-T Core and Comprehensive networks, the regulation will be effective from 24 March 2019.
While the UK is in the process of leaving the EU, the regulation will come into force before the exit has been finalised, meaning that UK ports will need to meet the requirements of the legislation for at least a few months.
British Ports Association chief executive Richard Ballantyne said: “As the UK ports industry is predominately private and competitively managed the new rules are unnecessary and unwelcome.
“The UK ports industry has consistently lobbied against the PSR and we are therefore hopeful that the UK requirements will be overturned after Brexit. We are actively working with the UK Government to ensure the best post Brexit outcome for the ports industry.”