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Maritime Accidents

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will discuss with his EEC colleagues the incidence of involvement of Greek maritime interests in maritime accidents, with a view to ensuring that Greece is required fully to comply with EEC regulations in matters of maritime safety.

The Greek Government are fully aware of our concern and that of other members of the European Community about the safety record of the Greek fleet.After accession Greece will be bound by Community instruments relating to maritime safety in the same way as other members.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will list the numbers of serious maritime accidents involving ships (a) registered in, (b) owned by and (c) with masters from, the following countries, for each of the last five years for which statistics are available: Greece, West Germany, the United States of America, Denmark, France, Holland, the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Sweden, Canada, the USSR, Spain and Portugal;(2) if he will list for each of the last five years the names of ships which have (

a) been involved in serious collisions and ( b) sunk in United Kingdom territorial waters, indicating (i) ownership, (ii) country of registration and (iii) nationality of master.