On 24-25 September, EMSA organised a workshop on the implementation of a system of inspections for the safe operation of ro-ro passenger ships and high-speed passenger craft in regular service, entering into force on 20 December. During the workshop, the guidance documentation developed by EMSA for inspectors was finalised, while updates were also given on THETIS for Port State Control as well as on the new module on THETIS EU for Flag States.
Enhancing the coordination between maritime authorities and across borders is crucial, and to be successful, interoperability is important. The EU’s Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) is doing exactly that, and last week, the European Commission has released a staff working document to present its progress so far.
During August, Germany and Denmark conducted oil spill response exercises to excel their response on an accident that could lead to a huge environmental disaster; To assist the exercise, EMSA participated, providing authorities with live feed footage from lightweight Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
EMSA published its review on Seafarers statistics in the EU for 2017, based on data extracted from certificates and endorsements registered by EU Member States, Iceland and Norway until 31 December 2017 and recorded in the STCW Information system.
In cooperation with the Joint Arctic Command (JACO), EMSA plans and orders satellite imagery to meet service coverage requirements. After image acquisition trained operators analyze the images with supporting information, like vessel position data, to identify possible pollutions. After assessing the images, the operators also determine the possibility of the presence of oil on the sea surface, and to help in identifying the source of the pollution.
EMSA launched a project on maritime safety, maritime security and protection of the marine environment between the EU MS and Non-EU countries bordering the Black and Caspian Sea. EMSA has implemented the Black and Caspian Sea Regions Project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards.
EMSA published an infographic presenting the SafeMed project during 2018. In general, the SafeMed Project on maritime safety and prevention of pollution from ships is a European Union (EU) funded regional project run by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) on behalf of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Croatian authorities are using EMSA’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to boost their coast guard functions, as to monitor vessel traffic, conduct search and rescue procedures and detection and monitoring of marine pollution.
On the 14th May 2019, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), after a request made by the European Commission, organised a meeting to discuss the possibility of designating the Mediterranean Sea as an Emissions Control Area (ECA).
EMSA published an infographic, providing an overview of key figures regarding maritime casualties and incidents, recorded for the period 2011-2017. Namely, the figures involve 23,264 vessels, informing about 20,616 casualties. What is more, 603 vessels were lost, with 6,812 people declared as injured. In addition, the overview informs about 683 fatalities, while it mentions that a total of 1070 inspections took place.
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