(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Outlook 2018 contains the concrete action and steps the Agency plans to take in 2018 to deliver on its multi-annual strategic objectives. It represents a condensed version of the Single Programming Document (2018-2020) adopted by EMSA’s Administrative Board in November 2017.
The publication is organised by activity with planned developments outlined in a short narrative. The outcome is reported in the corresponding Consolidated Annual Activity Report which shows the results achieved against the objectives set. The Agency’s activities can be broadly divided into five thematic areas which are also reflected in the organisation of the Agency structure. Here below we highlight some of the new
developments for 2018 per thematic area:
- Maritime transport and surveillance
The SafeSeaNet ecosystem graphical user interface, which combines and integrates several operational systems hosted by EMSA, will continue to be rolled out in 2018 as the new interface and mobile app are made available to users. Data will grow as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems gain headway, improving pollution detection for example, and also as extended satellite data is more readily available under the Copernicus maritime surveillance services. The THETIS modular information system will expand continuing in its drive to target potentially harmful substandard shipping and support enforcement of EU legislation. Efficiency will also be on the agenda, particularly as regards reporting formalities.
- Visits and inspections to monitor legal and regulatory compliance
Visits and inspections in 2018 will cover recognized organisations; STCW; PSC and other EU maritime safety legislation; and, maritime security. Based on the information gathered, horizontal analyses will be made to identify any gaps or lessons learned in the implementation of EU maritime legislation.
- Providing technical and scientific assistance and facilitating cooperation
EMSA will assist the European Commission and Member States in capacity building by providing the training and tools needed by the competent authorities of the Member States. The e-learning portfolio will be expanded and support given to neighbouring partner countries. Environmental protection will also be at the fore as assistance is directed towards the implementation of legislation relating to C02 emissions, sulphur content of marine fuel, port reception facilities, ship recycling and alternative fuels.
- Pollution preparedness, detection and response
In 2018 the options available to coastal states to respond quickly to marine pollution from ships and oil and gas installations also includes a sea-borne dispersant spraying service for the Atlantic Coast and Mediterranean, as well as an equipment assistance service in the Baltic and North Seas. RPAS monitoring services will also be used to complement the satellite imagery available under CleanSeaNet.
- Management, quality control, resources and communication
The Administrative Board will meet three times in 2018 – adopting the work programme, budget, establishment plan and annual report. In line with the founding regulation, a second evaluation of the Agency was held in 2017 and carried a set of recommendations. These recommendations will be translated into an action plan to be issued by the Board in early 2018.
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