European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) outlook for 2021

Emsa outlook 2021

( This publication presents the main steps the Agency plans to take in 2021 to deliver on its multi-annual strategic objectives based on the information contained in the Single Programming Document (2021-2023) as adopted by EMSA’s Administrative Board.

Given the outbreak of the coronavirus and the impact this has and will continue to have on the Agency’s working practices in 2021, EMSA will make every effort to build on the experience gained in 2020 to make sure the objectives set for the year can be accomplished to the fullest extent possible.

Teleworking, video conferencing and new information services (e.g. publishing the preventive measures adopted by each EU Member State and EFTA country) are the Agency’s new reality and will enable staff to continue their valuable work unabated.

In this publication, the Agency’s activities are broadly divided into four thematic areas which are also reflected in the organization of the Agency. Here below we highlight a few of the developments for each of these thematic areas for the year ahead:


In the year ahead, the Agency will be contributing to the European Green Deal – a set of policy initiatives by the European Commission with the overarching aim of making Europe climate neutral in 2050. An important report, the first of its kind, will be realized in 2021. The European Maritime Transport Environmental Report produced in close cooperation with the European Environmental Agency (EEA) will offer a comprehensive overview of the current status of maritime transport and its environmental footprint.


Following the establishment of a reinforced Cooperation Agreement in 2020 reflecting the EMSA 5-Year Strategy, the Agency will continue to provide Integrated Maritime Services (IMS) to support the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) in monitoring of vessels suspected of drug trafficking at sea. This is in line with EMSA’s support, as the leading European hub of maritime information, to EU organizations such as European Union Naval Force-Somalia: Operation Atalanta and EUROPOL which are active in the security and law enforcement domains.


EMSA provides digital services to different national authorities across the EU and EFTA Member States, as well as to the European Commission and related European bodies. By integrating and correlating data from EMSA’s applications and external sources, services are delivered responding directly to a user’s specific needs. In 2021, automated behavior monitoring tools will continue to be developed, with new algorithms offering even more tailored alerts.


The European Maritime Single Window is another area in which EMSA will be looking to facilitate maritime transport operators by lessening their administrative burden as regards reporting requirements. The agency will continue its work with the European Commission, Member States and Industry associations to elaborate EU-harmonised specifications for the future European Maritime Single Window environment envisaged by Regulation (EU) 2019/1239. The aim is to offer harmonized reporting interfaces for ship operators to fulfill their reporting obligations and to ensure the “reporting once principle” at EU level.

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Source: EMSA



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