The shipping industry has urged the European Parliament Transport Committee to vote in favour of the Members of the European Parliament (MEP ) from Ireland Deirdre Clune’s report on the draft regulation for a European Maritime Single Window environment.

The call was made by the European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA) and World Shipping Council (WSC) on behalf of the shipowners and maritime carriers.

The draft report was prepared in May and is the result of the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation to set up a European Maritime Single Window.

It focuses on the synchronisation of data elements and data sets, while it promotes collaboration between customs and maritime authorities at the national and Union level.

As per the existing procedure, stakeholders in the shipping industry use different and expensive IT systems to communicate with each other. The requirements of information are also different among the stakeholders.

European Maritime Single Window aims to overcome these challenges and simplify maritime transport as a sustainable and green mode of transport across the European Union (EU).

It also seeks to reduce administrative burden and improve the working conditions of the crew.

“We welcome amendments tabled that will allow companies to report via a common access point interface at EU level.”

ECSA secretary general Martin Dorsman said: “We welcome amendments tabled that will allow companies to report via a common access point interface at EU level.

“This would in no way replace the national single windows, nor interfere with their decision making or the availability of data for individual ports. Nor would it jeopardise the safety of the crew, the vessel and its cargo or the port.  It would simply route data directly from the maritime operator to the relevant national single window via one EU router and then relay back to the shipping company any responses from that national single window.

“The benefit of a common EU access point is to eliminate any potential for divergent system requirements or deployment schedules that could happen with national deployments of the module over time.”