The book is concerned with the harmonisation of maritime safety legal systems in Europe. It describes maritime safety legal systems in selected European countries as well as maritime safety issues from the perspective of the International Maritime Organisation, European Union, and European Free Trade Association. Distinguished scholars from Europe's leading maritime law academic centres present national perspectives of maritime safety systems, questioning whether the adopted national solutions guarantee the compatibility with IMO and EU legal regime, as well as assessing the global and EU system. Moreover, the book seeks to provide some answers as to whether the IMO goals on maritime safety are adequate in light of current safety challenges and how to achieve higher level of enforcement of internationally-recognised maritime safety standards. It will be of great assistance to those readers who need to familiarize themselves with current problems inherent in maritime safety, whether that be lawyers, scholars, professional mariners, or national institutions.

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part I|62 pages

International and European perspective

chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

Implementation of IMO treaties into domestic legislation

Implementation and enforcement as the key to effectiveness of international treaties

chapter Chapter 2|30 pages

EU maritime safety rules

Raising the bar within Europe and beyond

part II|206 pages

National perspective

chapter Chapter 4|9 pages

Maritime safety in Belgium

An overview of the legal framework

chapter Chapter 5|20 pages

Maritime safety

Croatian legal framework

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

German maritime safety laws

Comprehensive but complicated

chapter Chapter 9|25 pages

Maritime safety


chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

The Italian legal framework on maritime safety

Recent developments and future perspectives

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Comparative maritime safety

The Netherlands

chapter Chapter 13|8 pages


Playing it safe

chapter Chapter 14|15 pages

Taking maritime safety seriously

The Polish perspective

chapter Chapter 16|17 pages

Maritime safety in Turkey