A new European Research Project has been launched to help improve regulation compliance in the maritime industry by facilitating tighter integration and co-operation.
The three year project, e-Compliance, is partly funded by the EU.
The maritime industry is now heavily regulated by international, EU and national authorities.
Due to the long lifetime of ships and the different phases of their operation, it becomes difficult for practitioners to decide with which regulations to comply for a given vessel in a given situation.
As part of the project, e-Compliance will align with the EU e-Maritime initiative, which allows supporting authorities and shipping operators to collaborate electronically in regulatory information management.
Based on other EU projects such as FLAGSHIP, e-Compliance will look to create a model to manage maritime regulations digitally and will help to ease the regulations.
The three main stakeholder groups involved in the project’s consortium are classification societies, port state control and ships.
The classification societies create class rules, the port state control enforces regulations, while ships need to comply with the rules and regulations.
The co-operation between the three different stakeholder groups will improve the efficiency of regulations and reduce the burden on practitioners.
e-Compliance project manager Philipp Lohrmann said that presently there are numerous disparate initiatives and projects that address specific aspects of the regulatory domain.
"The e-Compliance project will bring these different approaches together, using their most promising aspects in order to increase coherence and efficiency in the world of maritime regulations," Lohrmann added.
The R&D project will seek to establish a cooperation model between regulation setting and enforcement authorities, both for port state control and IMO regulations, for modelling and interpreting regulations and ensuring harmonisation across national and organisational boundaries.
e-Compliance consists of ten partners including BMT Group, Det Norske Veritas, Danaos Shipping, INLECOM Systems, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, TEMIS, Acciona Infraestructuras, PORTIC Barcelona, Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt and the Maritime Administration of Latvia.
Image: Current regulation complexity in the maritime sector. Credit: BMT Group Ltd.