The accident of the Erika raises, once more, the problem of the efficiency of the maritime safety system and oil spill prevention. Could disasters at sea be prevented from occurring? Are safety levels adequate? Are protective measures appropriate? How to evolve this system for a better prevention of accidents? Can France do something alone? Is the European frame more adapted? How does the maritime industry become more involved in the search for a better safety system? All the answers to these questions are in the book entitled: ‘Safety at sea, Policies, regulations and International Law, which was published recently by Bureau Veritas Publications.
Its author, Philippe Boisson is Communication Manager and Legal Advisor to the Marine Division of Bureau Veritas, where for twenty years he has been following developments in the world's principal maritime safety systems. This latest work is concerned entirely with ways of preventing accidents at sea. By studying recent disasters, such as the Braer in 1993, the Estonia in 1994 and the Sea Empress in 1996, the author sheds new light on international maritime safety precautions. He explains strategies and policies adopted by States, international organisations and the maritime industry sector to reduce the number of such accidents and curtail their consequences.
In seeking ways of offering greater safety at sea, Philippe Boisson opts to consider the system as a whole, analysing every aspect, examining the resulting rules and other procedures, and their effect on behaviour in the shipping world. The approach is intended to be comprehensive, and regulations are always seen in context. The book is divided into three parts, analysing the value and effectiveness of law and policies to prevent accidents.
The book concludes with a comprehensive assessment of safety at sea and the prospects for changes in the preventive system at the dawn of the next millennium. Ten basic trends are examined, including the emergence of international control under IMO auspices, the end of global regulations, transparency of information on ships, the importance of the human factor and cultural phenomena, problems of standardisation, and the risk of two-tier maritime safety provisions. Useful comparisons are made with other safety systems, particularly the air traffic model, opening up new prospects for regulators in the maritime sector.
This book may be ordered direct from Bureau Veritas at a price of FRF 490 incl. VAT, plus postage.
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