Risk Analysis Procedures seminar

TIME: Tuesday 21th April, 2015

VENUE: Rantasipi Airport Congress Center, Vantaa




European Coast Guard Functions Forum's (ECGFF) "Risk Analysis Procedures" seminar brought in Finland around 30 experts representing European coast guard authorities to exchange information and best practices on maritime risks and risk analysis practices in fields of maritime safety, security, and environment.


It became apparent that in context of coast guard functions risk analysis plays an important role and is recommended to be discussed further. The seminar gathered risk analysis experts around one table for the first time in the framework of the ECGFF and thus also highlighted the practical approach of the Finnish Chairmanship. In addition, the seminar contributes to implementation of the European Union Maritime Security Strategy's Action Plan.


In general, it was found out that similar kind of maritime risks exist in Europe even though there are distinctions depending on country and circumstances. As regards security irregular migration, especially in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and on the area of free movement, cross-border crime, and terrorism pose risks frequently.


In the field of maritime safety the main risks identified include maritime accidents with human and environmental impacts, accidents of cruise liners and container vessels, risks in navigation derived by a human factor and safety of migrants at sea.


Closely related to safety, certain environmental risks arose in discussion. Oil spills, pollution and waste produced by ships, illegal fishing and overfishing, and changing climate and weather affect risks.


The seminar offered a versatile general view of risk analysis practices in use both in regional sea areas and on European Union level. Finnish Border Guard, UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC) forum, and HELCOM presented regional approaches on risk analysis. FRONTEX, Europol and TAXUD as EU actors gave general overviews on their approaches.


To conclude, in general, the seminar was considered as a good start to enhance exchange of information and discussion between experts on the field of risk analysis within the ECGFF. Propositions were given for further cooperation. Ideas of follow-up seminars and workshops, regional networks, sharing of information and best practices, cross-sectorial and cross-border cooperation, data collection and developing of the 11 coast guard functions provide a fruitful soil to future ECGFF risk analysis events.


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