Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme using sophisticated satellites for earth observation. Managed by EMSA, the service can be used to address a wide range of areas, such as piracy, marine environment, defence, and customs.
EMSA has secured four contracts for maritime surveillance services based on remotely piloted aircraft systems. These contracts aims to improve maritime surveillance capabilities to European agencies and member states.
EMSA released its annual review of maritime casualties reporting a total of 3,301 occurrences through 2017. The report reveals that the number of very serious casualties has continuously decreased since 2014 with 74 reported in 2017. A total of 61 people were injured and 61 ships were lost. During the 2011-2017 period, 405 accidents led to a total of 683 lives lost, which represents a significant decrease since 2015.
According to EMSA data, the last seven years, 3,236 Ro-Ro accidents were reported out of which 25% are fire related, 19% collisions and 16% are attributed to loss of control. Assessing risks before starting an operation is a critical step, EMSA notes, highlighting lessons learned from Ro-Ro analysis.
At a meeting of the EU-funded SAFEMED IV project in Jordan, the IMO-administered pollution emergency response centre in the Mediterranean (REMPEC) has agreed to coordinate its 2019 technical assistance activities with EMSA, to achieve a more sustainable shipping in the region.
On 26 September, the European Maritime Safety Authority’s (EMSA) Administrative Board nominated Ms. Maja Markovčić Kostelac as the next EMSA Executive Director. This follows a recent trend in the maritime industry which strives to enhance its gender diversity.
The new European Marine Casualty Information Platform, EMCIP, went live on 3 September following 18 months of development and testing. The newly developed system offers enhanced reporting tools which have been implemented through internet technologies.
EMSA in collaboration with the European Commission created an infographic presenting the benefits of electronic tags for marine safety. Namely, eTags give direct access to product details; seamless data flow between manufacturers, notified bodies and authorities; read RFID and data matrix formats among others.
EMSA issued key figures of marine casualties reported to EMCIP (European Marine Casualty Information Platform) for the second quarter of 2018. The charts reveal a drop in overall occurrences reported, both compared to the previous quarter of 2018, as well as to same period in 2017.
EMSA issued a review of Seafarer Statistics in the EU, based on data extracted from certificates and endorsements registered by EU Member States until 31 December 2016 and recorded in the STCW Information system. The data included in the report show that 174,780 masters and officers have valid certificates of competency.
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