About us

About us

EMSA has also been given tasks in the field of pollution response, vessel traffic monitoring and in the long-range identification and tracking of ships. Employing over 200 staff at its offices in Lisbon, the Agency is a centre of excellence for maritime safety in Europe.

Pollution, Preparedness & Response

Pollution, Preparedness & Response

Roughy half of EMSA's budget is focused on pollution preparedness and response activities. In particular, the Agency offers a network of contracted oil pollution response vessels. Spread across the European coastline, these vessels can be called upon by Member States in case of a major oil spill at sea.

EMSA Maritime Information Systems

EMSA Maritime Information Systems

EMSA's SafeSeaNet system offers Member States information to track the 20 000 or so commercial ships that are in and around European waters at any given time. The LRIT system offers the possibility to track European ships worldwide.

Accident investigation

Accident investigation

Shipping accidents happen. And when they do, accident investigation can help identify problems, and to learn lessons that may prevent accidents in future. EMSA manages the EU's EMCIP database for sharing marine accident investigation information, and is helping to improve standards in accident investigation across coastal states.

Protecting the marine environment

Protecting the marine environment

EMSA provides ships to help Europe better respond to major oil spills, satellite images to identify polluting vessels, and ensures ships comply with environmental rules. The Agency's marine environmental expertise covers areas such as ballast water management, port waste reception facilities and anti-fouling coatings for vessels.

Ensuring quality shipping

Ensuring quality shipping

EMSA 'inspects the inspectors' of classification societies, assesses Port State Control systems, tracks problem ships, and safeguards the standards of on-board equipment. For example, EMSA recently developed the THETIS tool to support the New Inspection Regime for Port State Control of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding.

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Commission welcomes European Parliament's vote for renewed resources for combating pollution at sea

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Newsletter April 2014

07.04.2014

Newsletter April 2014

In this issue: 'Informative and fruitful' discussions held at EMSA Admin Board; New features for integrated maritime services released; SAFEMED III project enters second quarter after a promising start; Safeguarding [...]

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Work Programme 2014

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Q& A's for a European Union Maritime Security Strategy

06.03.2014

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Newsletter March 2014

06.03.2014

Newsletter March 2014

In this issue: Equipment upgrade to bring enhanced oil spill response to the Black Sea; Rolling out the next phase of the SAT-AIS service; SAFEMED III beneficiaries follow maritime accident [...]

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