|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Mobility and Transport|
|Series Details||COM (2023) 268|
Communication adopted by the European Commission on 1 June 2023, providing an overview to a legislative package seeking to modernise rules on maritime safety while preventing water pollution from ships. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Maritime transport is of strategic importance for the economy of the European Union (EU) and the connections between and within Member States. The level of maritime safety in EU waters is deemed very high, with few fatalities and no major oil spills for a number of years. However, a number of accidents and incidents are still reported every year, threatening workers, citizens at large, and the marine environment. The transition to cleaner and more autonomous shipping also gives rise to new challenges.
The twin digital and energy transition requires the maritime transport to go through a major transformation. The sector needs to switch to low and zero greenhouse gas (GHG) technologies, propulsion systems and fuels. It should also reduce its emissions of air pollutants and its overall impact on the marine environment. The transition must be matched with a retraining effort and professional development of the workforce, as well as measures to attract workers to the sector.
The European Commission decided to put forward a legislative package seeking to modernise EU rules on maritime safety and sustainability and provide the EU with tools to support clean and modern shipping. The package comprises the following revision proposals:
|Subject Categories||Environment, Mobility and Transport|
|Subject Tags||Maritime Security, Waterway Transport|
|Keywords||Marine Environment, Ships
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|