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Landerneau le 13 octobre 2013


Industrial risks in ports , especially in Brest

After an umpteenth study and an umpteenth version, the outcome is quite clear : because of the "risk management", some companies operating in the port of Brest will have > to incur costs to secure their employees or go away Drastic solution when we > want to frighten companies away from the port space and therefore from an industrial space. MOR GLAZ association who intends to defend the sea, seafarers, wildlife and marine > life, marine security , the coastal development and who denounces all downwards > of the maritime transport reacts to the "Plan > of Technological Risk Prevention" ( PPRT ) around companies Imporgal and StockBrest ....



Yes we have to ensure a proper security > .... but how far administrations can go to cover themself ?


The security at sea and on the > docks remains a priority for MOR GLAZ whose members are trying for over years to defend the activities in the port of Brest, in respect with all environmental and social standards. But at that time, like many others associations, MOR GLAZ expresses some doubts....

Under > the principle of security and risk management, how far should we go? The port of Brest is trying to grow up in accordance with these standards. And the French Government and a few others would impose new rules that are useless to be in compliance with the standards and that will also put in danger some companies that could not assume these investments. A commercial port is by definition a risk area ( goods loaded and discharged, storage)

. Because Brest is a port, hazardous materials; fuel, gas, etc are stocked..... Brest is just playing the role of a port, nothing more. In ports, in Brest and elsewhere, working people are more exposed (stevedores, dockers, customs , but also cruise ships in stops and seamen etc ...) as other workplaces.

A commercial port is by definition and by its economic role, a risk area. Yes, goods - sometimes dangerous goods- are stocked . That is the role of a port. That's why MOR GLAZ sometimes denounces the " downwards" that are dangerous for humans and the environment. After being well-informed, we can conclude that in Brest as in almost all French ports that receive and stock the same goods , that all precautions are taken. How > far will they go ? .

As technocrats from Brussels, does France will also create her " these " networks "pseudo- decision-makers ," those who prevented in July / August 2012 the vessel "MSC FLAMINIA " to come to "unload" and being repaired in the port of Brest ? Those who are not shocked to see seafarers from poor countries to sail on board dangerous ships, those who put ports in competition, those who are unable to impose on all merchants and military ships a prevention system as the JLMD Ecologic System, those who are unable to impose the ship dismantling in Europe, those who are unable to make decisions to maintain a french flag, those who are unable to give the right direction to train french seafarers etc.

So before enforcing a standard, once more in the port of Brest, i will be necessary to think about the devastating consequences that will be irreversible

In 30 years the volume transported by sea has increased by over 450% , so by ports ... yes there are more risks here than elsewhere.

Maritime activities represent more than 320,000 jobs, more than the car industry. In attending the Baptism of the "CMA CGM Jules Verne ", the French President endorsed the gigantic ships.

He endorses more danger and risk on board one ship than all the products stored in the port of Brest.

Is it under the principle of security that ships are stranded in the port of Brest and abandoned since October 2008?

Is it under the principle of security that the old ships can not be dismantled in Brest?

Is it under the principle of security that military vessels are in a Natura 2000 area in Landevennec ?

Is it under the principle of security that the vessel " Clemenceau" was dismantled in the UK ?

Is it under the principle of security that the exercise requested by MOR GLAZ on Penn- ar- Bed ships is still unanswered ?

Is it under the principle > of security that the tug in the Bay of Biscay is not replaced ?

And many other questions that remain unanswered ! ! !