The ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 provides rights and protection at work for the world’s seafarers. The MLC will come into force in Spain on 20 August 2013. Vessels calling at Spanish ports not complying with the requirements of the Convention can be detained by Port State Control Authority in Spain (Harbour Masters) if the infringements to the Convention are considered to be gross negligence. We enclose the article we have published in shipping local newspaper in this respect.
What is the Internal Contingency Plan against accidental marine pollution (PICCMA)?
Spanish ports have an Internal Contingency Plan against accidental marine pollution, approved by the Board of Directors of the Port Authority. This plan contemplates a response before an accidental marine pollution, in application of the legal requirements with a view to preventing and combating pollution at the service area of the Port.
The substances which accidental dumping is harmful, persistent or floating is so wide means that almost all the parties implicated in operations of loading, unloading and manipulation of these types of products should have a Contingency Plan as from the 1st January 2014.
Marine Casualty, Cargo and Passenger Claims, Arrest and Security, Others
Here you will find our contribution to the International Comparative Legal Guide to Shipping Law 2013, covering Law in Spain in respect Marine Casualty; Cargo Claims; Passenger Claims; Arrest and Security; Evidence, Procedure; Foreign Judgements and Awards; and Updates and Developments.
Anchoring laws for vessels and yachts
Whilst the regulation of the competent Ministry exonerates pleasure vessels from the need to request permission of call and anchorage when calling to Spanish ports, 72 or 24 hours in advance (depending on the flag), and allows the different Spanish Port Authorities to rule in contrary, the Barcelona Port Authority has ruled that vessels above 500 GT or with more than 45 mts. of length need to go through the anchorage proceeding.