Recently published review gives EU-wide picture of seafarer statistics

Norwegian SAT-AIS data will be made available to EMSA.
Norwegian SAT-AIS data will be made available to EMSA. © EMSA

EMSA, the European Maritime Safety Agency, has conducted a statistical review providing a snapshot of the European labour market in terms of the number of seafarers holding valid certificates and endorsements in 2014. The review is based on data registered by EU member states and recorded in EMSA’s STCW Information System (STCW IS). The data shows that 161.419 masters and officers hold valid certificates of competency (CoC) issued by EU member states while another 86.633 masters and officers hold original CoCs issued by non-EU countries with endorsements issued by EU member states. Overall, the end of 2014 saw almost a quarter of a million masters and officers as potential manpower to serve on board EU member state flagged vessels. With the data to be available in the coming years it will be possible to conduct trend and comparative analysis which will be of additional value to the EU member states, the European Commission and other interested parties. Member States started submitting the data last year in accordance with requirements set out in the amended Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training of seafarers. The review is published on the STCW IS portal (
About: EMSA is a European regulatory agency established in the late 1990s along with a number of other major European maritime safety initiatives. It supports the European Commission and the Member States in the field of maritime safety services, e.g. prevention of pollution from ships. Subsequent amendments have refined and enlarged its mandate.

EMSA and Norway sign agreement on Satellite-AIS data exchange

Seafarers statistics.
Seafarers statistics. © EMSA

Cooperation between the Norwegian Coastal Administration and EMSA on satellite detected AIS data has been strengthened further thanks to an agreement, recently
signed by EMSA’s Executive Director and the Director General of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA), Kirsti Slotsvik. Through this agreement, EMSA will continue to receive Norwegian Satellite-AIS data collected by their national constellation. The Norwegian SAT-AIS data will be made available to EMSA users free of charge. The NCA will also start receiving a data feed from EMSA, which EMSA receives from a commercial SAT-AIS provider through a framework contract.
Norway is an active participating member state in the EU Satellite-AIS Collaborative Forum, chaired by EMSA. The forum is a platform for cooperation between European states investing in Satellite-AIS and EMSA.

Beitrag: EMSA / PP

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