“1942-2022. 80 years of the Navigation Code”. Sisto and Rossi: “Urgent measures to simplify national maritime law”

On the 21st April in Rome Luca Sisto, General Manager of Confitarma, and Alberto Rossi, General Secretary of Assarmatori, took part in the event organized by the General Command of the Port Authorities at the La Sapienza University, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the navigation code. Both agreed on the need to simplify national maritime law.

“An eighty-year-old in marvelous shape – said Luca Sisto – that requires a simplification of its system, accompanied by a reform of the navigation governance”.

“We can no longer allow our ships to face a competitiveness gap due to an old-fashioned system” – added Sisto and, addressing Minister Giovannini, reiterated “the need to reform the Navigation Code to compete with other more flexible and shipping friendly flags”.

In fact, concluded the Director of Confitarma “the updating of the Code is crucial and concerns our armament but also our Administration in consideration of the now imminent adaptation of the rules pursuant to the Decision of June 2020 related to the extension of the benefits of the International Registry to Community flags. The benefits obtained over the years by Confitarma will now become available to flags such as Malta, Madeira, Cyprus, which present an administrative system much leaner than ours. The need to reform the Code is equivalent to the need to strengthen the armament of our country “.

“I can only share the appraisal of Luca Sisto – added Alberto Rossi – as there is certainly the need to address the issue of the competitiveness of the Italian flag. However, I highlight the necessity to assure the competitiveness of the whole maritime cluster. Two are the points that must be stressed. On one hand, integrate the Navigation Code with the principles of the European Union Regulation 352/17, and I therefore refer to the necessary protection of competition. On the other, ensure that the current energy transition will be driven by a social, economic and environmental sustainability. A transition in fact, not a revolution that risks claiming victims in the maritime class and also in the port class. I refer to the ‘Fit for 55’ package which, as also underlined by the EU Political Commission in the Senate in a recent resolution, risks violating the principle of proportionality, affecting much more heavily on a country, like Italy, which boasts the maximum number of the continent’s island population and, consequently, present the largest fleet dedicated to these connections. Finally, the inclusion of shipping in the emission trading system  (ETS) will lead to a delocalization of the transhipment traffic at the advantage of the ports of North Africa, with all that this entails also in terms for the protection of workers and the safety of traffic and supplies”.