EMSA - European Maritime Safety Agency
The transportation of dangerous and polluting goods has grown considerably over recent years. Unfortunately, the number and scale of maritime casualties involving ships carrying such goods are also increasing. Authorities involved in incident response operations are not always satisfied with the available information, thereby risking delays in the decision-making process for providing assistance to ships.
Accurate knowledge of dangerous or polluting goods being carried on board ships is essential to the effectiveness of safety and pollution response operations at sea. It is vital to minimise safety hazards and ensure a quick and effective response to maritime incidents, saving lives and property, and preventing pollution.
EMSA has issued the below relevant guidance. Click image to download full document.