Data from the European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP) is now freely available online. The database provides information on marine casualties and incidents since 2011. Access was previously restricted to public authorities. The overall aim of this is to bring greater awareness to marine casualties and incidents, why they occurred, the safety measures taken and recommendations resulting from the investigations. The database also includes information from incidents related to recreational boats. The full platform can be found here.
The European Commission has decided on a number of strategic areas to focus on for the new research framework programme Horizon Europe. This will follow on from the current programme Horizon 2020. This new framework programme will last from 2021 until 2027. This includes moon landing-styled missions aimed at tackling some of the greatest challenges that Europe faces. One of these is “Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters”.
Its mission board will be chaired by Pascal Lamy, a former Trade Commissioner and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation with representation from various experts. The full composition and further information about the mission(s)s can be found here.