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.
In order to enhance its response capacity network EMSA announced the launch of a procurement procedure to contract new stand-by oil spill recovery vessels in the Adriatic Sea, West Mediterranean Sea, and Central Mediterranean Sea. The contracted vessels would carry out normal commercial activities and, at request, be transformed and mobilised at short notice for at-sea oil recovery services during an oil spill.
EMSA Executive Director, Maja Markovčić Kostelac, visited the headquarters of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, where she met with its Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri to discuss collaboration on the development of European coast guard functions and other forms of cooperation between the two agencies.
French authorities confirmed to have detected an oil slick at the sinking site of the ro-ro container vessel Grande America, according to the Maritime Prefecture of Atlantic. The slick was detected on March 13, during an overflight by French Navy aircraft.
EMSA published a document focusing on Ballast Water Management and Guidance for best practices on sampling. The paper aims to provide guidance for a harmonised approach to ballast water sampling procedures, looking for the ideal practise based on the different types, D-1, D-2 for ascertaining the compliance with the Ballast Water Convention.
EMSA’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements were expanded in order to include the Maritime Security visits to member states and the Horizontal Analysis of the findings after a cycle of visits. The extended V&I QMS was successfully re-certified in December, outlining management commitment for effective use of ISO Standards as a benchmark of our performance.
EMSA and the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation, Europol, will join forces following the signature of a working arrangement by their respective executive directors on 18 December 2018. EMSA will provide Europol with access to maritime and surveillance information services to support Europol activities.
EMSA has launched a new dispersant stockpile associated with its Equipment Assistance Service (EAS) in the Adriatic Sea, Ravenna (Italy). The dispersant stockpile consists of 200 tonnes of Radiagreen OSD and 200 tonnes of Dasic Slickgone NS. The new dispersant stockpile is expected to serve the area of the Adriatic Sea. Yet, after request it can be transferred to any other part of Europe.
EMSA informed that the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR is using its Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in the southern province of Huelva, for identifying and monitoring oil spills, as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions.
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