EURO MPs are resisting a proposal to establish English as the lingua franca in all communication between ship and port. MEPs of different nationalities are seeking to water down the requirement, which would “provide for the use of English as the working language” as far as ship formalities are concerned.
Whilst all communications in the air are conducted in English this refusal makes some sense. OK, it is being done mostly to spite the Anglo-saxon world, but tant pis. To force all communication into English would be a retrograde step. It would impact upon pilots the world over. Pilots as a matter of copurse need to be expert in the waters surrounding their own ports, Englsih is a secondary concern. If all ships of all nationalities were forced to use English then language skills would take precedence over local knowledge increasing dangedrs to shipping.
It would be nice of they could all speak English of course, and for that matter if all navies, merchant and military, in the world could do so, but when a French ship enters a French port it is more important that the pilot knows exactly where the shoals are than if he can speak English.