Maritime Safety Conference

ON THE 22ND AND 23RD OF NOVEMBER 2012, ON THE OCCASION OF THE TENTH
ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING OF THE PRESTIGE, SURFRIDER FOUNDATION EUROPE IS ORGANISING A TRANSNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MARITIME SAFETY. THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE. FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, THE ENTIRE EVENT WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE INTERNET IN SPANISH AND IN FRENCH.

TEN YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE PRESTIGE DISASTER

Which new laws have been brought in? Are they sufficient?

Have the European decision-makers learned their lessons from this calamity, and from those accidents which have occurred since? Who contributed
to the adoption of new laws? What role will the territorial collectivities play in the
management of risks, and will they receive compensation payments? Can these and similar risks now be foreseen and anticipated?

Unfortunately, the issue of ocean pollution inconnection with maritime transport remains a hot topic.
Faced with a constant increase of maritime traffic and its associated risks, it is vital to evaluate the effectiveness of standards to protect the marine environment and to repair any damage caused.
This conference of the 22nd and 23rd of November 2012 takes place just after the Assises de l’économie maritime et du littoral (political meetings on maritime economy and the coastlines) between Bayonne and Biarritz.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

The aim of the conference is to share, exchange and debate with the general public and academics on the legal and environmental issues surrounding pollution from maritime transport in Europe.
Speeches will be held on developments in the law on the protection of the marine environment, maritime security, and the taking of responsibility by
those involved.
Local communities affected by marine pollution, professional sailors, NGOs and scientific and legal experts in the fields of ecological damage and compensation will get the opportunity to contribute their experiences and expertise.

Information on this event will be widely available through various publications.
The conference is also intended to offer room for debate on the proposal of the Erika IV package. Its objective is to reinforce existing regulations whilst taking into account newly emerging hazards.
There will be activities and educational tools to illustrate the issues for the youngest participants.

 

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