Maritime safety regulation must be international
This week, experts from all over the world met in London to debate tomorrow's safety standards.
New regulations and guidelines on safe mooring arrangements are highly prioritised by Denmark. And the work of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC) in this field is driven jointly by Denmark and Japan. The work was initiated for real in 2016 and the expectation is that this week a clear framework will be established for the regulatory amendments, etc. required to ensure a safer working environment in this area:
Chief Advisor Steen Møller Nielsen from the Danish Maritime Authority:
”Today's large ships expose seafarers to greater risks than previously. We hope to adopt global regulations and guidelines within the foreseeable future that may help reduce the number of occupational accidents globally. We believe that there is great support for the Danish desire to increase the level of safety, but much consideration on the structure of IMO regulation is required. Hopefully, we can – on the basis of the deliberations in London this week – intensify our work on specific draft regulations and guidelines prior to the next Sub-Committee session to be held in 2018."
Since Monday, the SDC Sub-Committee has considered a wide array of technical issues related to ship safety. Among these are second generation criteria for ships' stability and the possibilities of using light-weight composite materials for ship construction.
Carriage of offshore wind technicians
This week, the IMO has also initiated work on the development of a new, international standard for the carriage of Industrial Personnel by sea, which includes, inter alia, the carriage of offshore wind technicians. The work on this standard and on a new chapter for the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is expected to be ongoing for a couple of years with a view to international entry into force in 2024. In the meantime, the industry can base its activities on an interim IMO recommendation adopted in November 2016 making it possible to carry more than 12 offshore technicians and stipulating minimum requirements on, inter alia, the level of safety training and medical examinations of offshore technicians.
Steen Møller Nielsen
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Information om Danish Maritime Authority
“The Danish Maritime Authority sets the direction for future quality shipping”
Our field of responsibility is based on the shipping industry and its framework conditions, the ship and its crew. In addition, we are responsible for aids to navigation in the waters surrounding Denmark and ashore. In other words, the Danish Maritime Authority has the responsibility for the following:
- The construction, equipment and operation of Danish ships (including safety, terror prevention, navigational regulations, manning, occupational health and environmental protection) as well as port State control of foreign ships calling at Danish ports.
- Ship registration.
- Seafarers’ employment, health and conditions of social security.
- Shipping policy, maritime law as well as industrial policy, both nationally and internationally.
- Tasks related to aids to navigation at sea and ashore (lighthouses and buoys), including ships and repair workshops.
- Navigational information in the form of navigational analyses, warnings, GIS and specialist publications.
- The national pilot authority.
The Danish Maritime Authority consists of the central authority, eight survey offices, including the office in Nuuk, Greenland, as well as the Centre of Maritime Health and Safety on the island of Fanø.
Our responsibility as a government agency applies both to the merchant fleet and the fishing industry. However, the Danish Maritime Authority is not responsible for the industrial policy relating to fishing which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Please observe that the surveillance of Danish waters and of civilian shipping, sovereignty enforcement, the police authority, pollution prevention, environmental surveillance, ice-breaking, etc. are the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence.
The Danish Maritime Authority is a government agency under the Ministry of Business and Growth.
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