Local governments' binding regulations and their role in the framework of port activity
Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia
The importance and the great potential for improvements for Latvian ports are directly linked to its geographic position, being located between Europe and Asia. Due to the essential role it plays in maritime, Latvian ports cannot be excluded from the international law of the Sea. A prerequisite for maritime safety insurance in ports is the development of maritime security and port legal acts in accordance with the modern international law and regulations. Operations of the major ports in Latvia as well as the maritime safety in ports are controlled and regulated by binding rules issued by municipalities. This study focuses on examining the norms included in the port regulations as well as to what extent ports are capable of ensuring navigation safety in ports according to the legal framework. The study also compares and analyzes the differences in legal frameworks in the major Latvian ports, their solution in improving the regulations and suggests a possible way how the port rulemaking body should be structured.
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