Impact of EMSWe on stakeholders in the maritime supply chain

In the previous article, we talked about the EMSWe (European Maritime Single Window environment). About its central principles and what is known about its implementation. In this article, we look at the impact of the EMSWe on different stakeholders in the maritime supply chain. In doing so, we look at the results of the research conducted by Venturn on the impact.

What is EMSWe?

In international trade and logistics, a lot of data is exchanged. This is about the cargo, the entity transporting it and the crew carrying it. This data serves various administrative and legal functions and is often different for each country. Even in the EU, where of course there is already far-reaching harmonization of laws and rules. Especially when it comes to economic flows.

EMSWe is a European regulation for standardizing and simplifying data flows from shipping companies to relevant authorities, in addition to the NMSW (National Maritime Single Window) as defined per Member State. This is to achieve the harmonization that the EU is striving for. The underlying idea is that ship owners will have to provide their data in fewer ports and that this will be done based on a standardized format. This will remove administrative and bureaucratic barriers.

Because EMSWe may have a major impact on the maritime sector, Venturn is investigating its implementation and impact. Part of the study includes extensive desk research and interviews with various experts and stakeholders in government organizations and in the sector. Among the results are the following:

  1. There is currently (April 2024) still much unclear about the timeline and precise impact on stakeholders.
  2. As currently conceived, the scope of EMSWe is limited to 10 to 15 percent of the data generated in the maritime supply chain.

Impact of EMSWe on stakeholders

At Venturn, we identify the following stakeholders around the implementation of EMSWe. The implementation of EMSWe has different impacts on each of these stakeholders.

Government organizations

According to EMSWe, individual Member States are responsible for coordinating and implementing this regulation. It is expected that national governments will transfer these to existing or new implementing organizations. This makes government organizations and their implementing agencies a crucial stakeholder that (will) largely determine the impact of EMSWe in practice. The key to achieving the intended harmonization also lies primarily with government organizations.

Shipping companies

If the idea behind EMSWe works out in practice, shipping companies will benefit greatly. The advent of the regulation is therefore related to a clearly expressed desire from the market. The NMSW offers possibilities for system-to-system communication, making it easier for parties with their own systems to supply the data.

Smaller parties

There are numerous smaller parties involved in the maritime supply chain. These are not always integrated into a Port Community System. Under NMSW and EMSWe, they will have to report through a single window for the first time. A significant change is ahead for these parties. Where previously direct communication with service providers, customers or authorities was sufficient, everything will now have to follow European regulations and rules.

Preparing for EMSWe

It goes without saying that the introduction of EMSWe will affect every stakeholder. The exact way, and the extent to which this will happen, is not yet clear in every case. Despite this lack of clarity, we are already outlining some preparatory actions. Because it is evident that EMSWe can have a major impact, it is crucial that this impact is understood as early as possible. Partly because the decisiveness and communication from the European Commission and national ministries is sometimes lacking and differs from one Member State to another. This creates uncertainty about the impact of the EMSWe.

Needless to say, uncertainty complicates good preparation. Of course, actively trying to obtain clarity is part of good preparation. Parties within the maritime supply chain can themselves contact the Ministry of I&W, which oversees implementation within the Netherlands. Another preparatory work is keeping an eye on the EU communication around EMSWe. It goes without saying that Venturn also does this and communicates important milestones through various channels.

As mentioned before, national governments bear the responsibility for implementing EMSWe. They will have to be the first to provide clarity on the concrete details and timelines of the regulation and the impact on organizations operating in the Netherlands, among others.

What role does Venturn play?

At Venturn, we continuously investigate the impact of EMSWe on all parties within the maritime supply chain and work on solutions to simplify its implementation. We do this with case-level impact analyses, directly with our customers. Our project teams consist of professionals from Venturn and VYP (Venturn Young Professionals) and map out both the theoretical and concrete impact of EMSWe, in order to directly enable organizations to exploit opportunities and avert threats.

In addition to this case-specific approach, we also follow developments around EMSWe in a general sense. Through our communications – including articles like this one – we communicate about developments around EMSWe. There are bound to be such developments because many things are still unclear about the exact details and implementation.

Of course, we are happy to engage with all parties in the maritime supply chain about EMSWe and its impact. Both in a general sense, and about specific cases. In a future article we will elaborate on the role of VYP and VYP’s in our research into the impact of EMSWe.

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