Online Survey: potential impact of COVID-19 on shipping safety
On behalf of EMSA, the World Maritime University (WMU) is conducting a safety study to identify potential safety issues related to COVID-19, and the risks that may contribute to maritime accidents and incidents.
The study aims to provide insight and figures on the potential impact of COVID-19 on shipping safety, including seafarers’ well-being and ship operations.
The study will identify changes to the “normal operations” for ships and companies due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and will assess if these changes to “normal operations” for ships and companies may have generated possible safety issues or emerging risks that did not appear in the pre-pandemic period. The study will also determine how stakeholders tackled these issues during the pandemic.
The collection of factual information on experiences and opinions of maritime professionals who served in various capacities during the COVID-19 period from 2019 to 2021 is essential for completeness of the study.
In this context, seafarers and fishermen are invited to participate in the online questionnaire prepared by the WMU: https://wmuhq.questionpro.eu/wmu-emsa-covid-project
In order to provide additional support to the EU Member States’ pollution response mechanisms in a cost efficient way, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) operates, in European waters, a range of pollution response services consisting of a Network of Standby Oil Spill Response Vessels, the Equipment Assistance Service (EAS) including specialised stand-alone equipment arrangements, as well as dispersant stockpiles. In addition the Agency is tasked to support Member States in case of marine incidents involving chemicals. Since 2009, EMSA is providing expert advice fohazardous and noxious substances (HNS) through its MAR-ICE Network.
To achieve the level of performance for pollution response required by the Agency, the contracted services have to perform regular training, drills, Equipment Condition Tests and exercises.