The european Commission has adopted a number of legislative proposals to simplify and improve the safety framework for ships carrying passengers in european union waters.
The update is a response to lessons learnt, including from accidents, and technological developments. For example, it will give competent authorities immediate access to relevant data in case of emergency, so as to ensure more effective search and rescue operations.
European commissioner for Transport said: “Offering the highest safety standards to passengers across all transport modes is one of my top priorities. The update we are proposing aims to enhance safety by clarifying the rules and by making the best use of recent technological developments. We also propose to remove some redundant and costly requirements. This clearly is Better Regulation at work.”