Archive for the ‘European Maritime Safety Agency’ Category

EMSA takes over the LRIT-IDE, ensuring ship position information flows between data centres worldwide as part of the LRIT system

(Lisbon, 18 October 2011) 4 times per day, 7 days per week, merchant ships around the world broadcast information about their position to satellites via a system called Long Range Identification and Tracking, or LRIT. Information from ships is relayed by satellites to Data Centres around the world, and the LRIT system enables maritime authorities to keep a constant eye on the position of ships that form a part of their country’s fleet. On 18 October 2011, EMSA becomes the operator of the LRIT‐International Data Exchange, or ‘LRIT‐IDE’, the central node which acts like a ‘switchboard’ to manage the flow of LRIT information between various LRIT Data Centres around the world.

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New PSC Inspection regime in EU


The new PSC Inspection Regime entered into force on 1 January 2011

We refer to our ECM Europe News dated 10/02/2010 to remind that a New Inspection Regime (NIR) of the Paris MoU on port State control will enter into force in one month time  for all 27 Member States.

The NIR includes a targeting system assigning a risk profile to each ship visiting ports in the region . It will require certain information for any ship arriving and leaving ports or anchorages in the Paris MoU region to be made available to the new PSC information database. Read more »

Maritime safety: new EU rules to “name and shame” shipping companies with poor safety records

New rules to enhance and improve the safety performance of ships were adopted on 13 of September 2010, by the European Commission.

The rules will introduce, from January 1st 2011, a new online register to “to name and shame” shipping companies which are performing poorly on vital safety inspections (port state controls), while those with strong safety records will be given good public visibility.

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EMSA and preparedness for major oilspill in the EU

In the light of media interest linked to the Deepwater oilspill off the coast of Louisiana, The Environmental Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has communicated information about its pollution preparedness and response services in Europe. While EMSA underlines that it has no direct involvement in response to the United States oilspill, the information posted on EMSA web site is being provided for those seeking further information on Europe’s preparedness for major oilspill events of this nature.

The EU LRIT Data Centre is in production

As from 1 June 2009, the European Union Long Range Identification and Tracking of ships Data Centre (EU LRIT DC) entered in production following successful developmental testing. This is a milestone following a preparatory phase of a year-and-a -half of development work by the European Maritime Safety Agency and its main contractor – Collecte Localisation Satellite (CLS). By the entry into operation of the EU LRIT DC, the participating Contracting Governments meet the international deadline for providing LRIT information as of 30 June 2009. Read more »

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