With just a few days left before 2012 is sent on its way into the history books the International Chamber of Shipping, ICS, has called on European Union maritime administrations to ensure that they are ready to issue passenger ships with the required insurance certificates to comply with the EU Passenger Liability Regulation, PLR. Otherwise, warns the chamber, cruise ships and passenger ferries, including non-EU vessels, may be unable to trade within EU waters.
Insurance certificates are required to be released by 31 December.
ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe says: “In close co-operation with the International Group of P&I Clubs, passenger ship operators have gone to great lengths to ensure that they can meet the new insurance requirements, including the need to obtain cover for terrorism and war risks. It is now essential that EU Member States are ready to issue the required certificates and do this using a common approach.”