The “Public Functions, Shipping and Maritime” workshop was held in Rome in the morning on February 28, 2019. The workshop was conducted at the auditorium of the General Command of the Italian Coast Guard. Assarmatori, represented by its General Secretary Alberto Rossi, actively participated in this event, with a particular appreciated focus on key aspects of impact on the maritime cluster.
The Secretary General of Assarmatori highlighted some particular topical issues. First and foremost, he spoke about the International Registry, of which the Association is a staunch supporter, but among which, he said, there is also the need to foster its growth in terms of the number and quality of Italian seamen; for growth to happen in this direction, some further important steps must still be made.
Secretary General Rossi emphasized the active participation of the Assarmatori in key shipping areas where it is necessary to be the voice of the protagonists for the maritime sector to be heard, and in particular in support of the “regulator” function, emphasizing on the one hand, the need to respect the existing laws, and on the other the importance of renewing the regulatory instruments where technological development and progress make existing rules no longer adequate. The Secretary General of Assarmatori pointed out the interest of shipowners, particularly those lines for which conditions in Italy make possible the use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a naval fuel, now seen by all as a fundamental component to reduce the environmental impact of shipping. There is a framework of precise rules, which are the same for everyone in the maritime industry and everywhere throughout thet sector, must still be done, especially in the bunkering phase, i.e., the transfer of LNG from the ground tanks to on board.
An opportunity to further refurbish the regulations, added the Secretary of Assarmatori, is that offered by the laws transposing European regulations in relation to the safety of the navigation of passenger ships, some types of naval units and some particular aspects are not adequately covered under these new rules. In these cases, the “old” Safety Regulations (435/91) remain in force, which requires an adequate and urgent “maintenance”, and where Assarmatori has already requested, in the offices where it is to do so, the need to be given the General Command for a delegation to adequately rewrite this legislation which is essentially of a technical nature.
(Text by Assarmatori)