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Directive 2002/59/EC

The Directive 2002/59/EC is regarding the surveillance and information system to improve vessels monitoring in European waters.

This Directive is part of the action taken in line with the Commission's second communication on maritime safety following the Erika disaster (the Erika II package).

Setting up a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system should help to prevent accidents and pollution at sea and to minimise their impact on the marine and coastal environment, and on the economy and health of local communities.

All ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards are covered, whether or not they carry dangerous goods, except for:

  • warships,
  • fishing vessels, traditional ships and recreational craft less than 45 metres in length,
  • bunkers below 5 000 tons.

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