Community Maritime Transport Competition

Community shipping is less aggressive than other shipping. Not because it provides its services are inferior, but because of the lesser operating costs of other commercial fleets because of the taxes that are lower. Its procedures are laxer even when enforcing environmental rules and international safety. These problems can be dealt with by implementing these international rules effectively, even at an international level, as well as reducing Community operating costs.

If maritime transport were to be properly cohesive in an intermodal system, or to be transportable by various means, users would choose this particular mode in partiality. Transport ability would also be put to a better use. In addition, coordinating equipments would contribute towards a modest decrease in ship construction costing and reduction. Through cooperation over ship design, you would still achieve the same results.

You can achieve a decrease in personnel costs through research and development in the marine automation technology field.

In fiscal consideration conditions and of staff costs, the European Union coordination of the rules on register will promote Member States if it allows them to set up less important registers that can be competitive with open registers. It has also replaced the EUROS plan as far as prospect Community legislation is still concerned. This is a sensitive issue because of its employment implications and the possibility of some non-Community recruits. But if by chance secondary registers lead to some ships registered under the flags of convenience being sent back, the extra jobs created by a larger number of ships could recompense for a smaller quota.

The cost gap, at a last resort, can be condensed by state aid, which must be billed to avoid competition distortions within the Community. However, State aid has implications that are wider, including the aging of the community fleet problem. A situation like this requires vast amounts of money, which could be raised through either increasing competitiveness that will lead to a higher return rate or through creating special financing arrangements.

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