Maritime Traffic Harmonisation

The Maritime Traffic Monitoring project addressed the need for wider interoperability of maritime traffic information in the North Sea area for use in decision making and resource management to improve the maritime safety and security.

Lack of reliable chart data poses a risk to existing maritime activities and to the sufficient preparation for more commercial activities at sea and along the coastal fringe. Coastal erosion, storm surge and flooding, seabed mobility, fishing, fish farming and shipping all impact how marine and coastal areas are used and managed. A harmonized Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) system and efficient traffic monitoring system are of utmost importance for keeping the high level of safety and security for the regional maritime traffic.

At present, there is limited collaboration between countries and within individual countries at the regional and local level to integrate maritime traffic information. SafeSeaNet covers some of these needs, but not all.

In the Maritime Traffic Monitoring Work Package, the information access rights of traffic players were focus, with the goal of protecting information integrity. The group concentrated on a best practice network among stakeholders from data providers to end users and developed pilot studies on the harmonisation of maritime traffic information. The group addressed existing formats and proposed new formats and standards for improving information exchange.

The project group supported the requirements given in directives 2002/59/EC and 2000/59/EC, with an objective of developing new functionalities in SafeSeaNet.

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