Last week I was for a meeting in Mangalia where the Grethe Witting still is under water. It seems that the City Hall will take responsibility and that the Grethe Witting will be lifted in a couple of weeks.
With this also the discussion started about the ownership. The local authorities believe that Romanian Law prevails above European Law and when I referenced to the fact that Romania signed the EU treaty that tells otherwise, they denied and persisted that Romanian law has to be applied and not European law. However I got support for my point of view from some other officials: The Director General of the ANR, the Romanian Shipping Authority supports my point of view and believe that the court ruling was default. Moreover the former commandant of Constanta International Sea Port is convinced that mistakes have been made when the ship was sold without a court order of the State of Registration, as required by the EU regulation. In the meantime I contacted again my Dutch Ambassy in Bucharest and also Mrs. Corien Wortmann, member of the Euro Parliament and active supporter of the interests of the Bruine Vloot in Europe.