Policy priorities

Safety and Environment

Safety and Environment

Maritime safety and protection of the environment are ensured by international and European regulation. The comprehensive regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union aim to reduce the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships, improve safety and the loss of human lives at sea.

IMO has adopted the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in addition to adopting other international regulations, guidance and global standards for seafarers. The European Commission on the other hand monitors the effective implementation by Member States of EU legislation together with European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

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Recent and current agenda topics include:

  • Ship Recycling
  • CO2 Emissions from Ships – Monitoring, Reporting and Verification MRV
  • EU ETS Emission Trading System
  • Sulphur Emissions
  • Passenger Ship Safety
  • Port Reception Facilities
  • Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers
  • Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations
  • Offshore Liability, Compensation and Financial Instruments
  • EU Arctic Policy
  • International Ocean Governance
  • Hazardous and Noxious Substances carried by ships (HNS) Convention
  • Environmental Liability Directive
  • Liability of Carriers of Passengers in event of Accidents