ETF Achieves Key Wins in Maritime Safety Package Negotiations

8 Mar 2024

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is pleased to announce significant progress in securing the safety of dockworkers through amendments to the EU’s Maritime Accidents Investigation Directive.

Key Achievements:

Explicit inclusion of port workers: The revised directive now explicitly includes port workers in its scope, ensuring proper safety investigations in cases of accidents and casualties involving them while performing their duties aboard ships.

Expanded investigation scope: Annex I of the directive now requires mandatory inclusion of the cargo being transported in reports of accidents involving shore or port workers. This provides crucial information for thorough safety investigations.

Negotiation Process:

While the initial proposal by the ETF included specific references to the condition of vessels, seaworthiness, safety compliance, and working conditions, these were ultimately removed during trilogue negotiations.

Moving Forward:

The provisional agreement has already been endorsed by the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) on March 4th, 2024. Formal adoption by both co-legislators and publication in the EU Official Journal are expected in fall 2024. Member states will then have 30 months to implement the revised directives in their national legislation.

ETF’s Commitment:

The ETF is proud of this significant outcome for dockworkers, highlighting their safety and protection as a top priority. The federation remains committed to advocating for safe working conditions and a secure environment for all dockworkers across Europe.