The monitoring of the work of IMO in the field of ship safety standards, including the reporting on developments in the relevant international legislation is part of the agency tasks. This task will entail technical evaluation of IMO submissions and technical assistance in the preparation of submissions to IMO as appropriate. Contribution will be provided to the follow-up of developments concerning:
Technical support will be offered where revision is needed to amend the EU legislation in the light of new international regulations.
Currently the agency focuses on damage stability of ro-ro passenger vessels, for which the majority of the world fleet flies EU Member State flags and sails in EU waters. Following a study completed in 2009, identifying shortcomings in the applicability of current international legislation to this area, 2010 and 2011 will see the undertaking of the main part of a new study commissioned to consolidate the view of the problem and to test possible theories for remedial action that can be proposed to the international community.
Consideration will be given to a review of the subdivision and damage stability of ro-ro passenger ships constructed with long lower holds.
Another point of interest is the "Human Element". Technical assistance related to Regulation 336/2006/EC on the International Safety Management Code (ISM) will continue to be provided, and when appropriate technical assistance will be provided for the implementation of Directive 2009/13/EC on Maritime Labour Convention (Flag State and Port State aspects). Furthermore, technical advice will be available concerning to the Goal Based Standards (GBS) latest developments.