European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) gameplan for 2019


( This publication presents the main steps the Agency plans to take in 2019 to deliver on its multi-annual strategic objectives. The content is based on the information contained in the Single Programming Document (2019-2021) as adopted by EMSA’s Administrative Board. The specific purpose of this particular publication is to raise awareness of EMSA’s work among the wider public.

Maritime transport and surveillance
The SafeSeaNet ecosystem’s graphical user interface, which combines and integrates several operational systems hosted by EMSA, will continue to evolve in 2019 to accommodate the needs of its growing body of users. Whether to gain a better understanding of marine traffic, to access passenger data in case of an emergency search and rescue situation, or to automatically detect abnormal behaviour – this interface is the digital gateway to a reliable maritime picture. Combined with this is a new portfolio of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems which is set to offer multiple maritime monitoring and surveillance services to member state authorities and EU bodies throughout 2019. EMSA will work closely alongside member states to identify and implement best practices in the process of sharing and integrating maritime information to relevant parties.

Visits and inspections to monitor legal and regulatory compliance
Visits to member states and inspections in non-EU countries and Recognised Organisations will continue in 2019, covering a broad range of areas: port state control; compliance with the new sulphur requirements; marine equipment; the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers; maritime security; and, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping. The results will be used to identify gaps in implementation as well as areas of best practice. They will also be looked at across
the board, not to pinpoint individual performance, but to spot any common trends where improvements could be made.

Providing technical and scientific assistance and facilitating cooperation
EMSA will continue to take forward efforts to raise ship safety standards particularly through the Firesafe studies addressing fires on board ro-ro vehicle decks. Capacity building will progress as training and tools are offered to neighbouring partner countries. In addition, environmental protection will be at the fore as assistance is directed towards the implementation of legislation relating to CO2 emissions, sulphur content of marine fuel, port reception facilities, ship recycling and alternative fuels.

Pollution preparedness, detection and response
The options available to coastal states to respond quickly to marine pollution from ships and oil and gas installations now also includes a seaborne dispersant spraying service as well as equipment assistance services in the Baltic, North and Adriatic Seas. In addition, RPAS drones can be used to complement the satellite imagery available under CleanSeaNet. The very topical issue of marine litter will also be examined from a dual perspective involving both preventive (tackling the source) and remedial (cleaning up the pollution) measures.

Management, quality control, resources and communication
The Administrative Board which oversees the work of the Agency will meet three times in 2019 – adopting the work programme, budget, establishment plan and annual report. Our quality control certification process gained momentum and will now extend to cover EMSA’s ICT service management system. Environmental performance will also be under the spotlight as efforts are made to align with the EU’s own eco-management and audit scheme. The Agency will also be looking at
how best to implement the action plan for gender balance.

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Source: EMSA



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