Supporting EU-wide maritime digital solutions

Reducing reporting burdens, sharing information quickly and easily, and speeding up the shift towards digitalisation all contribute to a greater simplification of the maritime environment.

EMSA supports greater simplification through a variety of digital means. Vessel and voyage related information across the EU is shared among targeted users through the SafeSeaNet system, with national administrations (port authorities, coastal stations, search and rescue, vessel traffic services, pollution response bodies, etc.) having 24/7 access to the system. Interaction of national systems with SafeSeaNet allows it to function as a European platform for maritime data exchange.

Maritime transport operators face a wide range of legal reporting requirements each time a ship arrives at or leaves a port. To reduce this administrative burden, EMSA supported the European Commission to replace the Reporting Formalities Directive with a new Regulation which was adopted in July 2019, and due to be fully implemented in 2025. The new Regulation will bring together all reporting associated with a port call in a coordinated and harmonised way through the new European Maritime Single Window environment. EMSA will continue to support the European Commission and the Member States in tasks related to the implementation of the Regulation.

In line with a 2006 amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (the SOLAS Convention) introduced by the International Maritime Organisation, ships transiting through international waters are tracked through the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system.

EMSA operates the European Union LRIT Cooperative Data Centre (EU LRIT CDC), through which Member States, Iceland, Norway, Georgia, Montenegro, and Tunisia users can access the LRIT information of their ships worldwide as well as of any non-EU LRIT CDC Participating Country vessel bound to EU ports or sailing within 1000 nautical miles of EU waters.

EMSA is also supporting the transition of the EU maritime sector to a paperless environment, through its work on e-Certification.

EMSA also supports the European Fisheries Control Agency and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) through the provision of services.