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.
A Tutoring Project on Port State Control took place in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan, on 2-6 July, within the technical assistance which EMSA provides to European Neighbourhood Policy countries under the Black and Caspian Sea Regions Project.
EMSA hosted a training on IMO Port State Control Procedures from 20 to 21 June 2018, at its premises in Lisbon, under the Black and Caspian Sea regions Project. This was the first training tailor-made by EMSA especially for the Project’s beneficiaries which are non MoU on PSC countries.
A place of refuge is a place where a ship in need of assistance can take action to enable it to stabilize its condition and reduce the hazards to navigation, protect human life and the environment. Current practice concerning places of refuge is a concern to insurers due to the many variable factors involved, and the variety of risks.
EMSA published some guidance regarding sulphur inspection. This document aims to provide guidance for a harmonised approach to the inspection of ships, ensuring their compliance, identifying non-compliances and applying control procedures regarding the sulphur content of marine fuels.
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