Every time a ship calls at a port, its maritime transport operator has to submit a set of pre-arrival information to a range of entities and agencies. Currently, the reporting process is not harmonised across EU ports. In addition, the information provided by ships is not efficiently shared among the actors concerned. The resulting multiple reporting places an excessive administrative burden on shipping operators, with negative impacts rippling down the logistics chain. Within broader efforts to modernise EU transport, the European Commission is proposing to bring all the reporting linked to a port call together into one digital space – the ‘European Maritime Single Window’, to harmonise reporting procedures for shipping operators and to ensure data can be shared and reused efficiently.
The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the Council of a Directive on port reception facilities for the delivery and management of waste from ships. It was proposed in January 2018, together with the Plastics strategy, as part of the Circular Economy Package.
Semi-autonomous cars are expected to hit the roads in Europe next year with truck convoys following a few years later. But before different brands can share the roads, vehicle manufacturers need to agree on standards for automated functions.
From 18 to 22 March 2019 an EMSA team and an experienced IMO lead auditor carried out a preparatory audit to the Kingdom of Morocco in view of the IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS). The objective was to support the Maritime Administration of Morocco to prepare for the IMO audit that will be executed in 2022. The activity is envisioned in the framework of the EU funded project for technical assistance to provided by EMSA to Mediterranean EU Neighbouring Partner countries, namely SAFEMED IV.