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A European Maritime e-Compliance Cooperation Model

The Requirement

The maritime sector is, by necessity, heavily regulated.  Regulations are created by numerous different bodies, with little co-operation between them. International, EU and national authorities create large numbers of rules and regulations; the long lifetime of ships and the different phases of their operation add to the complexity.

As a consequence, there is a significant lack of cohesion between the vast array of regulations and the possibility of conflicting regulations is very real.  As a result of this situation, practitioners who need to enforce or comply with regulations are often unsure as to which rules apply for a given vessel in a given situation.

The Approach

Building on the success of other EU projects such as FLAGSHIP, e-Compliance will create a model for managing maritime regulations digitally and thus help to harmonise these regulations. By creating a model for managing regulations digitally and creating services for all the different stakeholders, e-Compliance can harmonize these regulations and allow for co-operation between the different stakeholder groups. Not only will this improve the quality of regulations, but it will also reduce the burden for those having to enforce the regulations as well as those who must comply, resulting in a regulatory regime that is more effectively implemented. e-Compliance will also develop capabilities to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the current active regulations and allow preparation for regulations that will take effect in the future.


The project’s consortium comprises representatives of the three main stakeholder groups involved: classification societies (who create class rules), port state control (who enforce regulations) and ships (who need to comply with regulations). This seamless co-operation between the different stakeholder groups will improve the effectiveness of regulations and reduce the burden on practitioners who work with maritime regulations on a daily basis.  

Outcome and Benefits

Specific activities within this three year R&D project will include:

  • Establishment of 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.
  • Demonstration of automated compliance management by:
    • Modelling and delivery of regulations in electronic format
    • Harmonised e-Services for more effective and co-ordinated enforcement controls and inspections
    • e-Services in support of class requirements, particularly on surveys and for ship risk management in upgraded e-Maritime applications
  • Evaluation of the practical implementation of the above in representative networks and the provision of recommendations for e-Maritime policies.

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