Jaime Rodrigo de Larrucea, full academician and member of the Governing Board of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), defends, in an interview that publishes the website of the Royal Spanish Naval League, the need for Spain to address its maritime policy as a matter of state to support and reinforce a sector in decline. “It is very sad that our sports vessels are going to Holland and Belgium, that our merchant navy does not halt its decline and, that officer cadets cannot join the service. They are indicators that something is not working. We need something of a revolution here, as we update all the tools required to promote maritime activity”, says the academician.
Professor of Maritime Law and Maritime Security at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, author of numerous books and publications on the subject and president of the Maritime Law Section of the Official Association of Lawyers of Barcelona, Rodrigo de Larrucea pleads for the drafting of a strategic plan for Spanish ports. “It is a strategic sector of our economy. We should identify Spanish interests and carry out proper planning”, he says.
Lawyer of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, the academician has defended in his last public interventions that there is no foundation in the accusations made by the Italian authorities about the rescues carried out by this organisation on the high seas, since “every captain has the obligation to provide rescue of human life at sea and because it was the same Italian authorities that allowed entry to the port”.