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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jørgen Hammer Hansen new EMSA Chairman

The Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency, EMSA, has elected Jørgen Hammer Hansen (Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority) as its new Chairman, succeeding Brian Wadsworth).  Serghios Sergihou (Director of the Cypriot Department of Merchant Shipping) was elected new Vice-Chairman, replacing Francis Vallat.  The term of office of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the Board is three years, renewable only once.


EMSA was established in 2002, and is based in Lisbon. EMSA today employs a workforce of some 120 people and has a budget of €44.6 million.


The three main areas of work for EMSA are:


·         supporting the European Commission with the monitoring of the implementation of EU maritime safety legislation and providing technical assistance to new legislative initiatives;

·         facilitating technical co-operation between Member States and between Member States and the European Commission;

·         providing Member States and the European Commission with technical and scientific assistance in the field of accidental or deliberate marine pollution by ships and supporting, on request, the pollution response mechanisms of Member States.


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Contact: Kristian R. Fuglesang