Minister lukewarm about extending "safety case" approach to ships

Proposals by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology for radical changes in the safety and pollution prevention regime for ships appear unlikely to be accepted by the Government.

The Committee's report was published in March.1 It voiced concern that the capacity of marine casualties to damage the environment is increasing, and that the chances of serious shipping accidents are growing with the ageing of the world fleet. At the same time, ships are not being designed on a scientific basis, and regulators are struggling to keep up with technological developments affecting the design, construction and operation

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