About us

About us

EMSA has also been given tasks in the field of pollution response, vessel traffic monitoring and in the long-range identification and tracking of ships. Employing over 200 staff at its offices in Lisbon, the Agency is a centre of excellence for maritime safety in Europe.

Pollution, Preparedness & Response

Pollution, Preparedness & Response

Roughy half of EMSA's budget is focused on pollution preparedness and response activities. In particular, the Agency offers a network of contracted oil pollution response vessels. Spread across the European coastline, these vessels can be called upon by Member States in case of a major oil spill at sea.

EMSA Maritime Information Systems

EMSA Maritime Information Systems

EMSA's SafeSeaNet system offers Member States information to track the 20 000 or so commercial ships that are in and around European waters at any given time. The LRIT system offers the possibility to track European ships worldwide.

Accident investigation

Accident investigation

Shipping accidents happen. And when they do, accident investigation can help identify problems, and to learn lessons that may prevent accidents in future. EMSA manages the EU's EMCIP database for sharing marine accident investigation information, and is helping to improve standards in accident investigation across coastal states.

Protecting the marine environment

Protecting the marine environment

EMSA provides ships to help Europe better respond to major oil spills, satellite images to identify polluting vessels, and ensures ships comply with environmental rules. The Agency's marine environmental expertise covers areas such as ballast water management, port waste reception facilities and anti-fouling coatings for vessels.

Ensuring quality shipping

Ensuring quality shipping

EMSA 'inspects the inspectors' of classification societies, assesses Port State Control systems, tracks problem ships, and safeguards the standards of on-board equipment. For example, EMSA recently developed the THETIS tool to support the New Inspection Regime for Port State Control of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding.

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Equasis annual report published

26.08.2014

Equasis annual report published

“The world merchant fleet in 2013” is now available for download      

Newsletter August 2014

31.07.2014

Newsletter August 2014

In this issue: exercise in oil spill response on board the Ria de Vigo; Exploring the latest technology in exhaust gas cleaning; TRACECA II programme commences; E-learning programme to help [...]

Council adopts regulation on European Maritime Safety Agency funding

23.07.2014

  Council adopts regulation on European Maritime Safety Agency funding

Brussels, 23 July 2014. The Council today adopted a regulation to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in the field of response to marine pollution caused by ships [...]

Boosting marine traffic monitoring via satellite

21.07.2014

Boosting marine traffic monitoring via satellite

15 July 2014 ESA will improve the identification and tracking of seafaring vessels anywhere on Earth from 2018 under a public–private partnership with LuxSpace of Luxembourg and exactEarth of Canada, signed [...]

Newsletter July 2014

03.07.2014

Newsletter July 2014

In this issue: Reflecting on last year's highlights and the programme for the year ahead; International students visit EMSA; 25 delegations attend the accident investigation meeting; Your opinion counts.

Check out EMSA’s new visual identity in our recently published 5-year strategy

13.06.2014

Check out EMSA’s new visual identity in our recently published 5-year strategy

EMSA's 5-year strategy covering 2014-2018 is the first publication presenting EMSA's new visual identity which is being rolled out over the upcoming weeks and months. This publication sets out the [...]

Newsletter June 2014

06.06.2014

Newsletter June 2014

In this issue: Norwegian State Secretary visits EMSA; EMSA teams up with Frontex at European Day for Border Guards; Operational Users of EMSA's Integrated Maritime Services attend first workshop; 29th [...]

EMSA’s 5-year strategy (2014-2019)

07.05.2014

EMSA’s 5-year strategy (2014-2019)

EMSA's 5-year strategy for 2014-2019 is now available for download in electronic format. The strategy provides clear and concrete guidelines for EMSA's future development and has been updated to reflect [...]

Newsletter May 2014

07.05.2014

Newsletter May 2014

In this issue: Maritime surveillance services to benefit from latest Sentinel-1 launch; Casualty information flow more streamlined as connection bridges EMSA's EMCIP and IMO'S GISIS; New SafeSeaNet incident reporting function [...]

SAFEMED III Bulletin

23.04.2014

SAFEMED III Bulletin

Check the latest SAFEMED III BULLETIN. This newsletter is available in EN and FR versions, and it is published twice per year.