ECSA expands its lines of work in line with the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean

Next to piracy, the Work Group on Maritime Security will follow the migration problem in the Mediterranean Sea.

European Community Shipowners’ Association ECSA has expanded its scope as far as safety at sea is concerned, incorporating the mission to help improve the safety of migrants to the working group that already oversaw the problem of piracy.

The Association’s ‘Working Group on Maritime Safety’ , formerly known as ‘Working Group on Piracy’, will continue to pursue this matter, ranging from issues of cybersecurity in ports to measures to combat armed robbery in maritime transport.

Additionally, the new Working Group will also focus on the humanitarian crisis currently experienced in the Mediterranean, a context in which European shipowners have occupied a central position in efforts to rescue migrants at sea.

In fact, the shipping industry rescued more than 42,000 people at sea in 2014, while in 2015 more than 15,000 migrants have been brought ashore by merchant ships.

At the first meeting of the new Working Group, which took place this November, representatives of NATO, the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the European agency for the Control of External Borders (Frontex) attended.

To ECSA, the nature of these problems requires collaboration between governments and the shipping industry, and thus a constructive and beneficial dialogue with policy makers is expected through this Working Group.

Source: Cadena de Suministro