The Maritime Support Services (MSS) is a centre operated on a continuous basis to oversee the availability and performance of the EMSA operational maritime systems. An operational and technical helpdesk is also available to serve the Commission and Member State users.
EMSA has five established operational maritime applications hosted in-house (SafeSeaNet, the EU LRIT Data Centre, the LRIT International Data Exchange, the CleanSeaNet Data Centre, and THETIS). These systems support operational activities for improving safety, security, and environmental objectives in the sea regions around Europe, and for European vessels in transit across the world.
The Agency provides Member States and the Commission with technical and scientific assistance in the field of ship-sourced pollution, and provides 'top-up' support for the pollution response mechanisms of Member States. This is done primarily through a network of oil recovery vessels, which are on stand-by to respond oil pollution in European waters , and through a satellite based oil spill monitoring and detection service.