"Strengthening Maritime Safety in Lithuania"
authorities: Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration (LMSA) in
Klaipeda and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic
of Lithuania in Vilnius
The overall aim of the project is to assist the
Lithuanian authorities in transposing and enforcing the acquis related to
maritime safety. Particular attention is paid to the outstanding issues of
Lithuanian legislation in relation to Community law. Also, new Commission
proposals, following the accident of the oil tanker Prestige,
The project is implemented in Vilnius / Klaipeda and
Copenhagen from June – November 2003, on the basis of a feasibility
study, carried out by the European Institute in February 2003. It is
divided into six components.
Component 1: “Strengthening Administrative Capacity
for Drafting Legislation”
The component will strengthen the administrative
capacity of LMSA when drafting national EU-legislation in the field of
maritime safety and pollution prevention. The component is implemented as
a quality audit and a seminar at LMSA.
Component 2: “The EU Maritime Negotiations
and Co-operation Process”
The component includes a three-days seminar in
Vilnius, aiming at transferring experience and knowledge of negotiation
techniques and practices within EU-institutions, especially the Council
and the Commission. As a part of the seminar, civil servants from the
maritime administration and other ministries simulate a negotiation on a
Commission proposal for a Council directive. The seminar also covers
comitology procedures, which are expected to be widely used in the future
adoption of the maritime Acquis.
For a general description of EU-negotiation
seminars implemented by the European Institute, please click here
Component 3: “Port State Control and Flag
The aim of this component is to strengthen the
general capacity of LMSA inspectors and in particular to ensure compliance
with the safety requirements applicable to host “ro-ro” ferries and
high-speed passenger crafts.
The component includes a seminar at LSPA in Klaipeda
and a visit to Denmark, covering host state
Component 4: “Safety of Navigation in
The component shall contribute to securing safety of
navigation at the approaches to the Port of Klaipeda, the Butinge oil
terminal and other parts of the Lithuanian territorial waters.
More specifically, the component aims at transferring
Danish experience of modern hydrographic surveying and experience on
safety to mariners.
The component includes four study visits to
One visit to the National Survey and Cadastra (Ministry of
Environment) in Copenhagen providing staff from LMSA with a practical
understanding of the use of IT-systems and the use of international
Two visits to the Royal Danish Administration of Navigation
and Hydrography, (Ministry of Defence) for LMSA surveyors and experts from
the hydrographic department. While the surveyors receive a demonstration
of the coherent approach in modern surveying, the LMSA experts get
practical experience using a hydrographic soundings database to be
collected by their own surveying ship.
A visit to the Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and
Hydrography in Copenhagen and Korsoer focusing on the Danish experience
with maintaining lighthouses and radio beacons and secondly; correction
and distribution of nautical publications and finally providing ‘Notice
5: “Fishing Vessels”
The component transfers knowledge and expertise from
the Danish Maritime Authority regarding implementation of e.g. the
Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels
Component 6: Closing Seminar
During the closing seminar any outstanding
questions are discussed, emerging after the finalisation of the previous
five components. The seminar also takes into account the latest proposals
from the Commission on maritime safety.