Europe to Cut Swath in Vessel Port Formalities Paperwork

By George Backwell
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Dr. Takis Katsoulakos: Photo EC

The European Commission informs that a new global era for maritime transport will dawn in June 2015 when it will unveil harmonised e-reporting for all vessels entering in or departing from EU ports. Vessels will provide required information electronically via one single entry point – the National Single Window.

Currently, inward and outward procedures are duplicative and time consuming, resulting in costs and delays, thus making maritime transport less attractive compared to other modes. The COM(2014) 320/25.6.2014 report urges Member States to increase efforts for this major simplification and harmonisation of the current reporting procedures.

All Member States have done a considerable work to transfer the 2010/65 Directive. Initiatives for the National Single Window implementation have been taken, mostly building on existing platforms, technical solutions and standards. The eMAR Project is an excellent example of those efforts that combines technological solutions with research.

Dr. Takis Katsoulakos, Technical Director of the eMAR Project and Director of Inlecom Systems Ltd, mentions that:

The FP7 projects eMAR and eCompliance are fully committed to support the Commission efforts for harmonised reporting procedures for vessels by
Providing the CRS data model harmonising various developments, particularly the AnNA and  ISO models, and integrating them in the  e-Maritime Strategic Framework (EMSF)
Offering technical demonstrations to shipping companies linking their existing systems with available MSW prototypes without any further commitment for the companies themselves,
Developing intelligent compliance support systems for regulators, enforcement authorities, shipping companies and ports  

The European Commission recommends that EU guidelines and technical specifications for the implementation of the National Single Windows are agreed upon and are considered as an urgent matter by the European Coordination Group. In the absence of harmonised implementation with non-interoperable standards, the National Single Windows might differ from Member State to Member State, compelling industry players to develop interfaces to communicate with these systems, leading to increasing implementation costs.


 

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