Safer Ship Travels

400 million people travelling by ship on EU waters will get a simplified registration process when they board a ship.

How did we get here?

This prosposal is another good example of the Commission's effort to really check existing laws if they still "fit for purpose". Instead of coming up with lots of new regulation, the Commission is focusing on overhauling "old laws" and modernizing them. This particular proposal on - the name is NOT a joke - "Registration of persons sailing on board passenger ships operating to and from ports of the Member States: Simplification" will  simplify the registration of persons sailing on board. Right now there are many differing national requirements which make life hard. 


Why is this important for me?

400 million passengers travelling on EU waters every year will get some streamlined rules and still enjoy the same safety standards. Ideally with the new proposal, ship owners and operators will face less administrative burden because of streamlined registration rules for their passengers. 


What's the content?

Passengers onboard of a ship sailing in EU waters now have to be registered digitally on ONE single EU platform called "The National Single Window" to make it easier for rescue operations in case of an emergency. Before the registration was always kept in the system of the ship operator/owner. It is an important step to digitalise the registration of ship passenger.


What's happening with this legislation in the future?

In the Parliament the Transport and Tourism Committee is dealing with this proposal. Their counterpart in law-making, the Council, already adopted a common position and in June 2017 they came to an agreement with the Parliament. This deal was confirmed by formal votes in October 2017 and the new rules will enter into force before the end of 2017. Member states will then have two years to incorporate the new rules in their national legislation.

At the same time the Commission continues working on the other suggestions that came up in the infamous Regulatory Fitness and Performance Check such as new standards for small ships built from fancy new material (think: fibre-reinforced plastic).


Related Bills:

Enforceable Flight Rights for Air Passengers

Use of Flight Passenger Data

Creating a European Border and Coast Guard

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