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Spain To Maintain Protectionist Towing Rules

Spain to maintain protectionist towing rules

Source: Puertos del Estado

Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) January 31, 2019 – Spain’s national ports agency Puertos del Estado has drafted a regulation maintaining the requirement for tugboats operating services at ports in the country be under the Spanish flag. This condition, called flag reserve, was rejected by the Spanish competition watchdog in December in a report as “a protectionist measure that was used in the past as a reaction to international competition”. The regulator asked the government to eliminate…

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