European maritime single window: Harmonised digital reporting for ships [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marketa Pape (1st edition),

Deck navigation officer on the navigation bridge. He looks at radar screen
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Every time a ship calls at a port, its maritime
transport operator has to submit a set of pre-arrival information to a range of
entities and agencies. Currently, the reporting process is not harmonised
across EU ports. In addition, the information provided by ships is not
efficiently shared among the actors concerned. The resulting multiple reporting
places an excessive administrative burden on shipping operators, with negative
impacts rippling down the logistics chain.

Within broader efforts to modernise EU transport, the European Commission is proposing to bring all the reporting linked to a port call together into one digital space – the ‘European Maritime Single Window’, to harmonise reporting procedures for shipping operators and to ensure data can be shared and reused efficiently.

The Council agreed a common position on the proposal in December 2018. The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted its report on the proposal in January 2019. Interinstitutional negotiations are under way, with the aim of concluding an agreement in time for adoption before the European elections.


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