EMSA releases its Annual Report 2011

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has published its Annual Report 2011, which provides an overview of its work to enhance the quality of shipping, strengthen maritime safety and achieve cleaner oceans. The report seeks to measure the added value of EMSA's activities for the EU and its Member States. It is divided into two parts, the first one providing a detailed management report and the second one a summary of activities carried out in 2011.


According to the report, since its launch in 2002, EMSA “has grown into a mature institution that over time has proven to be capable of efficiently providing the necessary support and services to both the European Commission and the EU Member States in order to fulfill the EU leadership ambition”.


Furthermore, it is claimed that “the performance delivered by EMSA in 2011 demonstrates that it has indeed grown to the level of functioning that provides a solid basis for meeting the challenges ahead”.


Throughout 2011, EMSA provided technical and operational support to the European Commission and the EU Member States in a wide range of fields such as Port State Control (PSC), ship safety standards, marine pollution prevention and response, accident investigation, air emissions, energy efficiency of vessels, shipping fuels, etc.


Based on data gathered by its oil spill monitoring system CleanSeaNet, EMSA reported a continuation of the downward trend in spills observed in recent years. The Agency's Stand-By Oil Spill Response Vessels participated in 11 at-sea operational exercises, in cooperation with EU Member States and/or regional agreements. Moreover, its maritime surveillance satellite system SafeSeaNet helped improve maritime safety and security by providing useful information about positions, vessel identification, voyages and dangerous goods onboard ships.


It is worth noting that in April 2011, EMSA launched the 'MarSurv-1' application, designed to support the anti-piracy activities of EUNAVFOR Atalanta in the Horn of Africa region. The application aims at helping participating EUNAVFOR navies to monitor the merchant vessels transiting through high risk areas, by combining LRIT data with other relevant vessel-related and risk information.


A copy of the full report is available here.


Contact: Kathi Stanzel