The EU on last 31st July 2020 published the “Mobility Package”, a set of rules for road haulage aiming to ensure better working conditions for drivers and haulers and improve road safety.
On the last 11 June 2020, the EU Commission extended the Italian International Registry measures to 2023 on condition that Italy enacts some amendments to the provisions of the Italian Register regulation. In particular, Italy undertook to ensure a reduction of the shipping companies’ Corporate Income tax to certain revenues, such as the ones deriving from transport activities and other ancillary revenues. Finally, shipping companies that want to benefit from the International Register regime must fly the flag of a European Union State or the European Economic Area.
The last amendment to “Decreto Rilancio” has been recently approved by the Parliament by the introduction of new art. 199 bis pursuant to which the ship can carry out operations under self-handling under certain conditions.
The Court of Appeal of Genova recently ruled an interesting case on a yacht insurance policy giving an extensive interpretation of the events covered by the policy up to and including sinking or flooding of the yacht for sea waves not only caused by bad weather.
EU Healthy Gateways (a Joint Action Consortium founded in 2014 by European Union with the aim of supporting cooperation between member states in dealing with health threats in the transport sector) recently provided an interim advice “for restarting cruise ship operations after lifting restrictive measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic”.
On last 11 June 2020 the European Commission, in the context of its role in relation to State aid, approved the prolongation until end 2023 of a number of Italian support measures for maritime transport under Italy’s “International Registry” scheme.
Italy has committed to a number of changes to its scheme to avoid undue competition distortion as well as to prevent any discrimination between shipping companies and registries of different European Economic Area (EEA) States.
In this respect, the Italian authorities have committed to extend the benefits of the scheme to all eligible ships that fly an EEA flag, in order to prevent any discrimination between shipping companies and registries of different EEA States and to preserve internal market rules on freedom of establishment.
The review of the news introduced by Law Decree no. 34/2020 (“Decreto Rilancio”) continues: herewith attached, a brief analysis about the measures adopted for railway transport.
On last 20th of May by the Legislative Decree no. 34/2020 (so called “Decreto Rilancio”) the Italian Government issued a number of measures concerning port works and maritime transports aimed at supporting companies operating in Italian ports in order to assist them in facing the business disruption directly and indirectly connected to the spread of the Coronavirus.
Following the latest measures adopted by the Italian Government to face the healthcare emergency raised by Covid 19, on 17 May 2020 the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport issued Guidelines related to land and sea transport, with the aim to impose specific health obligations in order to contain the spread of the infection. Among the various recipients of the aforementioned Guidelines there is also the sector of charter of yachts and pleasure vessels, in which it has been established the adoption of important and strict health provisions for the operators.
SLM continues to monitor the legislative measures taken by the Government in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
See in the attached update how the new measures affect the maritime transport of passengers and the safety measures to be taken in transport industry.