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EU Regulation 1286/2011, Methodology for investigating marine casualties

This EU regulation adopts a common methodology for investigating marine casualties and incidents to be followed by investigative bodies when carrying out safety investigations. Developed pursuant to Article 5(4) of Directive 2009/18/EC. [more]

Directive 2010/65/EU, Reporting formalities for ships

Directive on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports.

The directive will deeply modify the way to transmit the reporting formailities for the arrival and the departure of every vessel in a Member States port.

The purpose is to simplify and harmonise the administrative procedures applied to maritime transport by making compulsory the electronic transmission of information standard and by rationalising reporting formalities. [more]

IMO Guidelines on places of refuge for ships in need of assistance

There are circumstances under which it may be desirable to carry out a cargo transfer operation or other operations to prevent or minimize damage or pollution. For this purpose, it will usually be advantageous to take the ship to a place of refuge.

Taking such a ship to a place of refuge would also have the advantage of limiting the extent of coastline threatened by damage or pollution, but the specific area chosen may be more severely threatened. Consideration must also be given to the possibility of taking the affected ship to a port or terminal where the transfer or repair work could be done ... [more]

IMO Resolution A960

Recommendations on training and certification and operational procedures for maritime pilots other than deep-sea pilots.

Estuary navigation, manoeuvring in confined waters ports or canals, demands great nautical skill. Merchant vessels with ever larger dimensions have to be safely guided through narrow waterways, often in heavy traffic. The pilot acts as the partner of the captain coping with this demanding role, which requires long experience as well as specific knowledge of the vessel and the estuary.

Within a very short period of the time pilots have to acquaint themselves with the characteristics ... [more]

Directive 2009/18/EC, Accident Investigation Directive

Directive establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector.
The purpose of this Directive is to improve maritime safety and the prevention of pollution by ships, and so reduce the risk of future marine casualties, by: (a) facilitating the expeditious holding of safety investigations and proper analysis of marine casualties and incidents in order to determine their causes; and (b) ensuring the timely and accurate reporting of safety investigations and proposals for remedial action. [more]
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