Safety and Environmental Council


The EMH-Safety and Environmental Council is concerned with the safe operation of traditional ships. Safety is of enormous importance. We, the society at large, try to avoid accidents by setting safety standards. We try to learn from accidents and mistakes by analyzing them and adjusting rules and demanding new safety requirements if necessary. It is a dynamic process that will never end. The owners of traditional ships take part in this process but modern safety standards are often at odds with the keeping of traditional ships. Modern safety standards tend to be uniform (easy to uphold) and aimed at majorities.

The SEC tries to keep abreast of developments, particularly where new laws are concerned. The Council assesses new rules and requirements and their applicability to traditional ships. New safety rules are often directed at ships of a much larger size and, of course, built to modern standards. Another problem with safety requirements is that they not always serve a safety purpose alone. Regularly they are used as a means to create a level playing field for more conventional forms of marine activity. Traditional ships do not operate in the same ‘field’ but occupy a field of their own.

The SEC informs and advises the EMH Executive Committee on all matters related to safety. The Council offers advice, for example, to lawmakers or governments about the consequences of new rules for traditional ships. EMH tries to influence the law-making process and to keep the balance between heritage preservation and modern safety demands.

Members of the Safety and Environmental Council are:

  • Hedda Lombardo (Norway, Chairman)
  • Lars Palm (Sweden)
  • Ole Vistrup (Denmark)
  • Thomas Hoppe (Germany)
  • Nikos Mitropoulos (Greece)