Jun 072011

From 17 June this year all member states of the European Union must implement Directive 2009/18/EC to have independent safety investigation bodies, to investigate very serious casualties and to publish reports within 12 months. They must also notify marine casualties and incidents to the European Maritime Casualty Information Platform, EMCIP, a non-publicly available database to store and analyse accident-related data about marine casualties and incidents.

EMCIP has been running on a voluntary basis for a couple of years, and becomes mandatory on 17 June. Ahead of the deadline, on 4-6 and 25-27 May, the European Maritime Safety Agency, EMSA, hosted 23 delegates from Member States in Lisbon to demonstrate the new database functions enabling them to compare the new and old versions, and test-run new features.

The EU Directive has raised concernes among some leading maritime accident investigators. Some investigations have taken more than the year mandated by the directive. To put that into context, in 2009 the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch handled 1663 marine accidents and incidents  covered by a small team of 39 people on a tiny budget of £4m. This year, like all UK government departs, deep cuts in the budget were demanded. The new regime may well lead investigative agencies in a conflict of meeting the demands of the directive within current budgetary constraints.





DWH Response, LRIT, Scrabble From EMSA

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Nov 072010

Europe’s response in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, first training event to help Member States prepare for ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, the 5th meeting of the Consultative Technical Group for Marine Pollution, Preparedness and Response and the IMO exam of EU’s LRIT are covered in the current issue of newsletter of the European Maritime Safety Agency.

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Skimmers and Trainers From EMSA

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Jul 022010

emsa In this EMSA month’s newsletter…

– Transport Commissioner Kallas meet the teams behind EMSA

– EMSA skimmer goes America… to help with Gulf oil spill response

– Safemed II experts meet at EMSA

– New Inspection Regime “training for trainers” kicks off

– 5+5 Defence Initiative at EMSA

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EMSA Pays The Rent

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May 012010


On 20 April, EMSA Executive director Willem de Ruiter symbolically handed over to Ms Natercia Cabral, President of the Port of Lisbon Administrative Board, a cheque to mark the first payment of the rent for the EMSA headquarters says that latest EMSA newsletter.

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EMSA Newsletter 61 Out

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Apr 112010

imageEurope’s Maritime Safety Agency has issued its latest newsletter, No 61. It covers the launch of STIRES, the geographical information system interface to SafeSeaNet, approval of EMSA’s 5-year strategy approved, the first EMSA oilspill exercise in Bulgaria, and the visit to EMSA of the EU Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs.

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EU – Watching You

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Mar 152010

I'll be seeing you, not so much Big Brother as Auntie EMSA

For the first time, EMSA’s new SafeSeaNet tracking module, called STIRES, allows authorities to see all commercial vessels in and around EU waters in a single view. This will be soon be followed by the picture for the whole world.

The information has been available to EU member states in the SafeSeaNet system for some time, but this is the first time that users will be able to see it in a fully interactive, multi-functional display.

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Ireland Gets First Go With EMSA MAR-ICE

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Feb 082010

BG Dublin - What was in the lost box?

Ireland became the first to use the MAR ICE system in a real-life incident last month, says the latest newsletter of the European Maritime Safety Agency.

On 12 January, the container ship BG Dublin lost seven containers in a force 10 storm off Ireland.

Debris was washed up on the southern Irish coast, with one container including the hazardous material sodium bromate. On 14 January the Irish Coastguard requested info on the substance through EMSA’s MAR-ICE service. Information was provided within less than an hour.

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