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Adoption of the Third Maritime Safety Package

The third maritime safety package was adopted by the European Parliament on 11 March 2009. With the adoption of the first two legislative packages on maritime safety (the so-called ERIKA I and II packages), the EU delivered a strong message that substandard shipping would no longer be tolerated. In 2005, however, it was clear that much remained to be done and that one should not wait for the next catastrophe to happen.

The third maritime safety package came into being in November 2005, with the main objective of restoring the competitiveness of the sector while benefiting only those operators who respect the safety standards, in particular by increasing the pressure on owners of sub-standard ships.

More than three years later, with the adoption of the measures proposed in the third maritime safety package, an important step has been achieved both on the improvement of the effectiveness of existing measures to prevent accidents and on the management of their consequences if the worse were to happen.

The package includes two Regulations and six Directives to be transposed between November 2010 and January 2012. 

Details of the measures adopted

Topic Legislation  
Quality of flags DIRECTIVE 2009/21/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 on compliance with flag State requirements summary pdf - 9 KB [9 KB] français (fr)
Classification societies summary pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] français (fr)
Port state control DIRECTIVE 2009/16/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 on port State control summary pdf - 11 KB [11 KB] français (fr)
Traffic Monitoring DIRECTIVE 2009/17/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 amending Directive 2002/59/EC establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system summary pdf - 17 KB [17 KB] français (fr)
Accident investigation DIRECTIVE 2009/18/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector and amending Council Directive 1999/35/EC and Directive 2002/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council summary pdf - 14 KB [14 KB] français (fr)
Liability of carriers (Athens convention) REGULATION (EC) No 392/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents summary pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] français (fr)
Insurance DIRECTIVE 2009/20/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 on the insurance of shipowners for maritime claims summary pdf - 11 KB [11 KB] français (fr)

Directives and regulations in other laguages: Please see the Official Journal .

Related documents

Presentations

Third Maritime Safety Package pdf - 181 KB [181 KB]

Press room (2009)

Maritime safety: towards better prevention of maritime accidents [IP/09/390, 11/03/2009] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

3rd maritime safety package general framework [MEMO/09/105, 11/03/2009] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Audiovisual material

The Erika naval accident in 1999 provoked a change of mindset towards better protection of European coasts. Nine years later, the EU's maritime package risks being watered down in a power struggle between EU institutions and member states. Two MEPs and two Lobbyists debate.

EP video "The debate: Safety at sea" [Duration: 32 mins, Date: 12/11/2008]

Commission proposals 

Communication from the Commission - Third package of legislative measures on maritime safety in the European Union [COM(2005)585]

Working paper pdf - 55 KB [55 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

Proposal for a Directive on compliance with flag State requirements [COM(2005)586]

Proposal for a Directive on common rules and standards for ship inspection and survey organizations and for the relevant activities of maritime administrations [COM(2005)587]

Proposal for a Directive on port State control [COM(2005)588]

Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2002/59/EC establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system [COM(2005)589]

Proposal for a Directive establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector and amending Directives 1999/35/EC and 2002/59/EC [COM(2005)590]

Proposal for a Regulation on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea and inland waterways in the event of accidents [COM(2005)592]

Proposal for a Directive on the civil liability and financial guarantees of shipowners [COM(2005)593]

Press room (2005)

Stringent measures to guarantee the safety of maritime transport [IP/05/1457, 23/11/2005] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Third Maritime Safety Package [MEMO/05/438, 23/11/2005] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Troisième paquet sécurité maritime - Questions / Réponses [MEMO/05/439, 23/11/2005] български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Graphical memo "A new step forward for maritime safety in Europe" (updated in March 2007) pdf - 142 KB [142 KB] français (fr)

Links

Seminar on the transposition of the third maritime safety package, Brussels (29-30 September 2009)