Accordingly, EMSA has already set its top priorities for the future, boosting its role in the shipping industry and highlight the major steps to follow for an enhanced sector.

  • Sustainability

Contribute to the European green agenda for maritime transport by strengthening the EU capacity to protect the marine environment, manage climate change and respond to new environmental challenges, keeping in mind that the industry now is pressured to rapidly be compliant with IMO's 2020 sulphur cap and meet the Paris Agreement goals.

  • Safety

Contribute to higher maritime safety standards, anticipate new maritime safety challenges and expectations, and provide knowledge-based solutions with the aim of contributing to the reduction of marine casualties and human loss; EMSA's report on maritime casualties reported 3,174 maritime casualties and incidents for 2019. 

  • Security

Strengthen maritime security in Europe and globally where there is a European interest.

  • Simplification

Facilitate the simplification of EU shipping by supporting EU-wide digital maritime solutions.

  • Surveillance

Strengthen EMSA’s role as the core information management hub for maritime surveillance.

Marine surveillance is a new trend, crucial during oil spill detection operations, which has been a year-on-year reduction in the number of possible spills detected per million km2 monitored, with a marked decrease in 2008-2010 and a more gradual decrease in 2010-2015. In 2016 this trend reversed, with the new Sentinel-1A improving detection capabilities, particularly for smaller spills

This 5-Year Strategy is forward-thinking and intentionally ambitious.

... EMSA comments.

The Agency strives to add maximum value for its key stakeholders, the Member States and the Commission, now and in the future.

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