EMSA facilitates technical cooperation between Member States and the Commission for the exchange of EU vessel traffic information (SafeSeaNet), the long-range identification and tracking of vessels (LRIT), and to support EU operational reporting services, including the electronic transmission of reporting formalities.
CleanSeaNet is a European satellite-based oil spill and vessel detection service. It offers assistance to participating States: identifying and tracing oil pollution on the sea surface; monitoring accidental pollution during emergencies; and contributing to the identification of polluters.
Recognising the benefits of exchanging information between different government entities and ensuring more effective integration of maritime information is a key element within the European Commission's (EC) Integrated Maritime Policy. EMSA is uniquely positioned to help the European Member States, EU bodies and organisations, and the EC achieve this aim.
Roughly half of EMSA's budget is focused on pollution preparedness and response activities. In particular, the Agency offers a network of contracted oil pollution response vessels. Spread across the European coastline, these vessels can be called upon Member States in case of a major oil spill at sea.
The Maritime Support Services Operations Centre is at the heart of EMSA’s maritime monitoring and information activities.