The two project officers for the SAFEMED IV and Black and Caspian Sea projects, both funded by the EU, met with senior faculty members of the World Maritime University (WMU), in Malmö Sweden. WMU is a postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
the framework of the SAFEMED IV project, funded by the EU, EMSA has undertaken the organization of the training course for auditors under the IMSAS in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The training was hosted at EMSA premises, in Lisbon, from 5 to 9 February 2018 and delivered by Ms Tatjana Krilic, from the IMO Secretariat, Mr Dan Sarenius, from the Swedish Transport Agency and Mr Mourad Ghorbel from the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia. Overall, 16 participants from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia have successfully completed the 36 hours course.
Using automated behaviour monitoring algorithms to give EMSA’s Integrated Maritime Service users an enhanced situational picture. Discover how EMSA’s Automated Behaviour Monitoring algorithms can detect certain patterns of ship behaviour for multiple purposes: maritime safety, maritime security, border protection, and fisheries control.
In this issue: EMSA’s remotely piloted aircraft systems service starts in Portugal supporting multipurpose maritime surveillance operations; Study sheds light on two hazardous substances for safer ship recycling; Raising awareness of cyber attack risks in the maritime domain; Download of marine casualties and incidents publications tops 80 000; National training for Ireland, Portugal and Spain; Equasis publishes annual review on world shipping fleet.
In this issue: Nordseth and Carlone to head EMSA Administrative Board; Enhancing fire safety on ro-ro decks; Looking at human behaviour in marine accident investigation; Safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers; European cooperation on coast guard functions; Celebrating 10 years of CleanSeaNet; Diplomatic community holds 33rd annual charity sale.
Updated on 28 November 2017
EMSA’s study on the two hazardous substances (PFOS and HBCDD) included in the annexes of regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on ship recycling, is now published and available on the website. In addition to the 13 substances stated in the Hong Kong Convention for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, two substances have been added in the EU SRR, namely perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and the brominated flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). The hazardous substances study developed in close cooperation with DNV-GL to close knowledge gaps regarding properties and use of PFOS and HBCDD. It demonstrates that the two hazardous substances PFOS and HBCDD can be found on board ships and rigs and provides further insight for the current regulation, updated material lists, sampling, handling and analysis of these substances.
CleanSeaNet is the European satellite-based Oil Spill Monitoring and Vessel Detection service. The service analyses images, mainly from SAR but also from optical missions, to detect possible oil spills on the sea surface, and identify potential polluters. The service was launched ten years ago in April 2007 and supports Member States’ actions to combat deliberate or accidental pollution in the marine environment. EMSA developed and operates the CleanSeaNet service.
The Annual Overview of Marine Casualties and Incidents consists in a high-level analysis of accidents reported by the EU Member States in European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP).
On 9 September around 2:45am local time, the double-bottomed oil tanker Agia Zoni II sank while at anchorage west of the port of Piraeus, Greece. The vessel had on board 2 200 tonnes of fuel oil and 370 tonnes of marine gas oil. Consequently, an oil spill was reported in the area and the east coast of Salamina Island polluted.
The recently published (September 2017) ‘Seafarer Statistics in the EU – Statistical review (2015 data STCW-IS)’ represents a snap-shot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2015. This is the second year in repect of which such data is available. As more data is collected in the coming years, this will make possible trend analysis that should hopefully contribute to a better understanding of the maritime labour fource in Europe
“The Report concluded that: The overall assessment is that EMSA contributes to a safer and more secure maritime environment as well as to the increased ability of Member States to prevent and to respond to marine pollution by pursuing activities and objectives which correspond to the needs of the EU in the area.”
THETIS-MRV goes live today marking the first of several steps in the EU’s efforts to include the maritime transport sector in its overall policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The system will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using EU ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by law from 1 January 2018 under the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation. The move is expected to encourage the uptake of greenhouse gas emission-reduction measures within the maritime sector, as the emissions data will be made public and updated yearly.