Activity 1

Activity 1


Activity 1: CompMon Strategy and management

The objective of the activity is to prepare the long-term strategy and governance mechanisms for the CompMon Global Initiative. Three levels of governance bodies are foreseen for the initiative, with clear roles, in particular for the preparation of strategy of the CompMon. The highest level of governance is ensured by the maritime directors of participating states, who will take decisions on the strategy. The strategy and the implementation plans are developed by the Senior Inspection Officers of participating states, constituting the second governance level. The third governance level consists of stakeholder bodies with an advisory role: stakeholder conferences and the innovation partnership platform. Since the action establishes a new possibility to detect non-compliance, new procedures to react to it are needed. Therefore the legislative framework will be analysed to support long-term governance of the project. This activity will be implemented through three sub-activities.

Sub-activity 1.1 - Elaboration of the CompMon strategy
(Service Strategy Board)

The objective of this sub-activity is to develop the strategy of the CompMon Global Project using input from the governance mechanisms established for the purpose of the initiative, as well as from the intermediary results of this Action. This sub-activity will also prepare a strategic roadmap addressing the new limitations for all European areas, for the period 2020-2025; the roadmap may be extended to the global seas, depending on the IMO ongoing regulatory process. Experiences and lessons learnt gained from all the CompMon activities will be the main input for the elaboration of the strategy. This may include e.g. an optimal network of fixed monitoring stations and recommendations for cost-efficient arrangements for airborne operations for the present SECA, as well as the development roadmap of fixed monitoring stations and airborne operations for the future European ECAs. The main outcome will be a draft strategy which will be presented at the first stakeholder conference and a final strategy which will be presented, in a summary format, at the final conference of the Action. 

Sub-activity 1.2 - Definition of CompMon services
(Senior inspection officers’ board)

The objective of this sub-activity is to define the main services needed for the implementation of the action, as well as their requirements (i.e. accuracy, timeliness etc), and provide input for the CompMon strategy. These tasks will be undertaken by the Senior Inspection Officers Board (SIOB). The SIOB is composed of senior inspection representatives in the participating states (beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries) and where relevant other organizations. Participation of representatives from non-beneficiary states is voluntary based and is open to all European countries interested in taking part in the initiative actively. The SIOB will plan and take decisions on co-ordinated inspection actions (campaigns etc) among participating authorities based on experience gained from CompMon. The SIOB will produce an update of the cost efficiency document, comparing compliance monitoring costs and effort to its impact on overall compliance.

In addition to SIOB, the Activity includes two advisory bodies: the stakeholder platform (coordinated by Trafi, MUMM, FODMV) and the innovation partnership platform (coordinated by FMI). Their common objective is to engage the relevant stakeholders in the Action and provide specialised advice whenever needed.

The stakeholder platform will also liaise with regional conventions (e.g. HELCOM and the Bonn Agreement secretariats) and well as industry organizations (ECSA, ESPO, IACS, EMEC) to disseminate results and promote the CompMon initiative. Two stakeholder conferences will be arranged: the first one in April 2016, and another at the end of the Action.

Members of the innovation partnership platform are foreseen to include e.g. global shipping companies with their own foresight capacity, European remote sensing technology providers and where appropriate, the European Space Agency.

Sub-activity 1.3 - Assessment of legal aspects of compliance monitoring and enforcement

The scope of this sub-activity is to assess the legislative framework under which the compliance monitoring operates and summarize the international legal requirements and constraints for a long-term governance of the CompMon. The aim of the assessment is to provide a basis on which national implementing measures can build and thereby to contribute to a harmonized application of the international and EU rules in the field.

The outcome of the activity is a synthesis of the international legal framework impacting the monitoring of compliance with the IMO Sulphur emission requirements. The assessment addresses, for example, what measures can be established in what maritime zones, including international straits, and how far measures taken by port states may extend out to sea under international law. The task also includes an assessment of the availability of sanctions to be imposed on non-compliers.