Safe and secure waterborne transport

Increasing safety levels to onshore equivalence


The European Waterborne sector will strengthen Europe’s lead in marine safety and security in two ways. First, by 2030, new technologies and new methodologies will radically improve the management of the safety of ships and barges and of their operations and will contribute to zero fatalities. Then, by 2050, the Waterborne sector will operate its fleet with a radically improved safety culture – applied onboard as well as on-shore – and characterized by zero accidents, zero loss-of-life, and zero pollution.


The European Waterborne sector will preserve safety as a cultural value. It will embrace all its activities, its products and its infrastructure. We shall protect the life and preserve the health of waterborne workfarers, passengers, and citizens living in coastal areas/near rivers or sailing seas, rivers and lakes because we care about people.

We target a zero accident, zero fatalities, zero pollution policy, protecting ships and infrastructures from sea perils, cyberattacks, piracy and terrorism. We shall ensure safety when developing new types of ships and equipment that are year after year more complex, larger, with more passengers and increased payload. We shall safely enable new operating conditions and new business models developing new products and allowing the safe introduction of new technologies, materials and fuels.

We shall strengthen the position of EU shipyards and technology suppliers for delivering safe and secure ships, primarily for complex or critical ships and for new business models. The European community will represent the forefront of innovation in safety defining standards, enabling the application of new materials and ensuring a safe “marinization” of innovative technologies. On the basis of a solid safety culture and leveraging on European technical excellence, we shall continue providing technical contributions to the process of regulatory definition at IMO and other competent bodies (e.g. inland navigation).


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