. ‒ I voted in favour of the report, which aims to create a clear framework for inspections, thereby eliminating overlap and closing regulatory gaps arising from the application by Member States of different inspection regimes.
The agreed draft directive will reduce the administrative burden for ship owners and increase the time during which ships can be commercially exploited. At the same time, it will rationalise the inspection efforts of Member States’ authorities, while continuing to ensure a high common level of safety. Also, the focus of initial inspections changes from company-based inspections to ship-based ones. Subsequently, ships will be inspected twice per year as before, but the inspections should be spaced out (not consecutive), one of them happening in-service during a regular crossing. These inspections can be combined with the annual flag-state survey of the vessel.