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Maritime transport

Measures to support freight transport
18 October 2007


Maritime transport policy

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Social aspect of maritime transport

| Overview
| A maritime training of quality
| Equitable standards on maritime works
| Promotion of employment


The human factor is important not only for maritime safety and the safeguard of the marine environment, but also to support the growth and the prosperity of the maritime industry in Europe.

Since the beginning of the Eighties, the European maritime industry suffers from an increasing lack of European seafarers, in particular officers. Such shortage is likely to increase in the coming years to the detriment of the maritime industry which needs maritime expertise and experience.

The main objective is to make the maritime profession more attractive by preventing abusive practices on board of ships calling at EU ports and improving  social guarantees for seafarers, on board of ships flying European flags. To this respect, the Commission has based its policy on three main actions:


last update: 15-12-2008