Registration of persons on board passenger ships [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (1st edition),

passengers boarding ferry

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The European Commission, in line with its regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT), has evaluated existing EU legislation on passenger ship safety and presented three proposals for directives, aimed at simplifying rules and cutting administrative costs, while at the same time making sea travel safer.

This proposal seeks to amend the requirements set by Directive 98/41/EC for counting and registering passengers and crew on board passenger ships, and to remove any overlap in reporting obligations or disproportionate requirements. The main change introduced is the digitalisation of reporting obligations to ensure that search and rescue services have immediate access to information on passengers on board.



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