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Parliamentary questions
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10 April 2014
Answer given by Mr Kallas on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001826/2014

The Commission would like to express its deepest regret for the unfortunate loss of Mr Fearnside.

Currently there are no requirements both at the international (International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea) or at European level concerning the installation of CCTV systems on board ferries or passenger ships in general and their effectiveness to prevent persons going over board has yet to be evaluated.

Directive 2009/18/EC(1) establishes the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector; Member States shall ensure that a safety investigation is carried out ‘after very serious marine casualties, (a) involving a ship flying its flag, irrespective of the location of the casualty; (b) occurring within its territorial sea and internal waters’. Furthermore, Member States shall ensure that safety investigations are conducted under the responsibility of an impartial permanent investigative body, competent in matters relating to marine casualties and incidents.

The permanent cooperation framework (PCF) set up under Directive 2009/18/EC provides for a forum of experts from Member States' independent accident investigation bodies and the Commission services will suggest that the PCF discusses on the basis of existing accident data possible preventive measures which could be further demonstrated in the context of EU funded projects in the future.

(1)Directive 2009/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 establishing the fundamental principles governing the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector and amending Council Directive 1999/35/EC and Directive 2002/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, OJ L 131, 28.5.2009.

OJ C 312, 12/09/2014
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