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European Maritime Safety Agency

European Maritime Safety Agency
Formation 2002 (ratified)
Director Markku Mylly

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is a European Union agency charged with reducing the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human lives at sea by helping to enforce the pertinent EU legislation. It is headquartered in Lisbon.


  • Mission 1
  • History and structure 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


EMSA has the following mission:[1]

  • assist the Commission in preparing EU legislation in the field of maritime safety and prevention of pollution by ships
  • assist the Commission in the effective implementation of EU legislation on maritime safety and maritime security, in particular by monitoring the overall functioning of the EU port State control regime,
  • organise training activities, develop technical solutions and provide technical assistance related to the implementation of EU legislation
  • help develop a common methodology for investigating maritime accidents
  • provide data on maritime safety and on pollution by ships and help improve the identification and pursuit of ships making unlawful discharges

In doing so, EMSA closely cooperates with the Member States' maritime services.

History and structure

New building in Lisbon

EMSA was founded in 2002, after the EU adopted substantial packages of legislation relating to maritime security in the wake of major shipping disasters in European waters, such as those involving the ferry Estonia and the oil tankers Erika and Prestige. It was felt that a specialised technical agency was necessary to overview the enforcement of this legislation and help in its implementation.

EMSA is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, and moved in June 2009 to new, purpose-built premises near Cais do Sodré in central Lisbon. It has a staff of just under 200 and operates a small network (at the end of 2009, 16 vessels) of stand-by oil recovery vessels contracted from the commercial sector, designed to provide top-up capacity to Member States' own response resources.[2] Its Executive Director is Willem de Ruiter, his successor will be Markku Mylly from Finland. The 2008 budget for EMSA was just over EUR 50,000,000, of which over a third, EUR 18,000,000 is specifically used for at sea pollution response tasks.

See also


  1. ^ Much paraphrased from article 2 of the Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2002 establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency, OJ L 208, 5.8.2002, p.1 (PDF), as amended by the Regulation (EC) No 724/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 establishing a European Maritime Safety Agency, OJ L 129, 29.4.2004, p.1 (PDF)
  2. ^ Justin Stares (2006-05-21). "'"Full steam ahead: Brussels draws up plan for 'EU navy. Daily Telegraph. 

External links

  • EMSA website
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