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“Electronic maritime notifications by a seagoing vessel on arrival or departure from an EU port should be simplified. A harmonized system should be used, with separate data only having to be submitted once.”

Priority KVNR: to reduce administrative burden by introducing a true Maritime Single Window

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In 2010, the EU required all EU Member States to develop a Maritime Single Window for the exchange of maritime administrative reports. Under Directive 2010/65/EU, the Maritime Single Window affected all vessels arriving in or departing from EU Member State ports.

To this end, EU Member States should improve cooperation between relevant authorities, such as customs, border control, public health and transport authorities, to further simplify and harmonize reporting formalities within the EU. Systems should optimise electronic technology for data transfer and information exchange, with the aim to eliminate, as much as possible, limiting factors to maritime transport. This ultimate aim of this is the establishment of a borderless European maritime arena.

Many EU ports have implemented this goal in their own way – the result of which is that there is no uniform reporting method for ships within the EU. Because individual data have to be submitted multiple times, the administrative burden has not decreased, as intended, but has significantly increased.

The challenge

After being pressured by the shipping sector, the European Commission has initiated a process that expects to see a revision of the 2010/65/EU Directive during the course of 2018. It is of the utmost importance that the Directive be amended so that electronic maritime reports by seagoing vessels coming or going from EU ports are simplified; thus creating a uniform system in which data only needs to be submitted once.

In the meantime, pending the European Commission’s review, ships would have to submit maritime reports by the previous method; by means of so-called FAL forms. These are standardized forms, as defined in the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), the use of which are permitted by Article 7 of the 2010/65/EU directive.

State of play - 1 April 2019

In May 2018 the European Commission has made a proposal to replace the current guideline 2010/65/EU with a completely new EU-regulation for one European Maritime Single Window.

By the end of February 2019, the European Council, the Commission and the European Parliament have reached an agreement about the proposal regarding an EU-regulation. De final procedural steps will be taken in March-June. De KVNR welcomes the agreement leading to a reduction of administrative burden on board.