EuroMed Transport Maritime Project (SAFEMED IV)

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Project duration

2017-2021

Budget

€4 million
EuroMed Transport Maritime Project (SAFEMED IV)
EuroMed Transport Maritime Project (SAFEMED IV)

Brief Description

As maritime safety, maritime security and protection of the marine environment are common concerns of the EU MS and Non-EU countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, EMSA is implementing a project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards.

Countries covered: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia

Objectives

With a view to implement the maritime aspects of the UfM Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020, the overall objectives of the project, are:

  • improved maritime safety;
  • improved security of ships and port facilities;
  • reduced pollution to the marine environment;
  • improved level of maritime training and qualification of seafarers;
  • improved living and working conditions on board ships;
  • improved cooperation between institutions and agencies with related competencies in coast guard functions in the Mediterranean to facilitate multilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues such as maritime safety, security and environmental protection activities.

Actions in brief

  • improved capacity of the national maritime administrations to ensure that they effectively and consistently discharge their obligations as flag States;
  • international mandatory instruments in the most up-to-date version transposed in national laws of the beneficiary countries;
  • increased approximation to EU practises and acquis in these fields;
  • improved cooperation among beneficiaries’ competent authorities and with the EU MS and EU institutions;
  • enhanced harmonisation between PSC MoUs as well as improved harmonisation of PSC inspections in the Mediterranean Sea region;
  • improved capacity of competent authorities of the beneficiary countries to monitor and control maritime traffic in the region
  • improved traffic-monitoring of the waters of the beneficiaries, i.a. through the enhancement of their T-AIS national networks and that of the region;
  • improved sharing of traffic information;
  • improved capacity to prevent, detect and respond to marine pollution; i.a. through the access to the CleanSeaNet system;
  • improved control and response to marine environmental pollution;
  • beneficiaries incentivised to ratify and enabled to give full implementation to the MLC 2006 requirements;
  • enhanced implementation of the STCW convention requirements as well as the ISM Code;
  • improved institutional capacity to give full implementation to the ISPS Code requirements;
  • Beneficiaries’ institutions and agencies with coast guard functions supported to cooperate within the defined regional framework (Mediterranean Coast Guard Functions Forum – MCGFF).
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