Transport Malta participates in a project “Preventing incidents and accidents for safer ships in the Oceans”
Transport Malta together with 14 partners from nine other European countries, is participating in the Picasso Project, a project aiming at preventing incidents and accidents for safer ships in the Oceans. Safety on land and on board ships, emergency simulations, and training and the human factor are the three main factors in the project.
The project which is co-funded by the European Commission, is designed to improve maritime safety through training of staff which is a key element in preventing accidents at sea, evacuation drills in ports and development of new technologies. This project is designed to improve maritime safety through training and the development of new technologies and is headed by the Spanish Maritime Rescue and Safety Agency.
The project has a budget of €3.8 million and is part of the overall goal of developing Motorways of the Sea, in line with European Union maritime transport policies. It was approved in July and is scheduled to end in July 2018.
Transport Malta’s role in the project is to organise a mass evacuation exercise in the port of Valletta. This exercise is planned to be held during Malta's EU Presidency and different stakeholders will be involved.