2015:19. ZVT. Markku Mylly, EMSA. GotMoS.

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Listen to the interview with Markku Mylly, EMSA or read the transcript below.

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– Mr Markuu Mylly, thank you for participating at this Motorways of the Sea conference. Can you please introduce yourself?

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– First of all, thank you for inviting me to this conference. I’m Markuu Mylly, I’m a Finn, from Finland, where I have been working in maritime administration for 25 years and prior to that, I was a sailor, sailing on the high seas for 15 years, and now the last three years in EMSA. But this is not my only contact to EMSA; when I was working in Finland as a director of the maritime administration, I was the Finnish representative in EMSA’s administrative board since 2005, so when I took my position in 2012 the house was not totally unfamiliar to me, so I knew the majority of the tasks and challenges in the agency before I took my office there.

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– That sounds good, smart start!

– Yeah!

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– Please give a short resume from your held presentation.

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– About the presentation: I was having a topic about the Sulphur Directive, its implementation and the challenges in the coming years. I think the main message with my presentation was that the implementation of the Sulphur Directive which came into force in the beginning of this year has gone very well; the industry has taken their responsibility, the uncompliancies of the shipping sector are very few and those uncompliancies which I described in my presentation, they’re mainly of administrative nature. So there was some malfunction in the recording to logbooks, about the changeover of fuels or there was missing samples, things like that. Very, very few violations against the regulation, and I was happy also to hear that the same experience is in Canada. On the Canadian side and in United States’ side, it is exactly similar experience.

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– Thank you. What is the next upcoming maritime issue that will be discussed in a global perspective and in a regional perspective?

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– Well, I would like to say that on a global level there are a few topics which are not new but they are still there, because of the ratification of IMO resolution has taken longer than was expected; the ballast water convention is one of those. The other one is the Hong Kong convention which deals with the superscrapping and dismantling of existing vessels because EU wants that all the EU flagged vessels will be dismantled in a recognized scrapping installation in the future. In the pipeline, of course we have this global sulphur reduction requirement, which is based on the IMO decision to go down to 0.5% in sulphur content on a global level, and it depends of the 2018 review of the availability of the fuel, if it comes into force in 2020 or if it’s postponed to 2025. We will see that. And then, the big issue will be also the greenhouse gas emission control which comes into force on the European level in 2018. So a lot of environmental related issues are still in the pipeline in the coming years and they will be challenges for the industry but also for the administrations who are controlling and monitoring these issues.

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– Thank you. To learn from other transport modes, what do you think is the primary issue, if any, that shipping as a transport mode should look further into?

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– There are issues where we can learn from the other transport modes. We are at the moment dealing in EMSA with a couple of those issues. The other one is accident investigation: there are still a lot of accidents on the European waters and of course globally for the shipping sector but on the European waters, EMSA is one of the key actors in developing a so-called EMCIP database, which is the European level maritime accident database, which is similar to what the aviation already have and the railway agencies already have. So we have been feeding in all the reports which is a compulsory obligation for the Member States today based on the directive, Accident Investigation Directive, that they have to report all the majo...

Nov 30, 2015, 03:37 PM
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