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Stakeholder conference on the Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information system

Date: 11/06/2013

A stakeholder conference on the Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information system took place in Lisbon on 7 June 2013 as part of the on-going vessel traffic monitoring review. Experts from Member States as well as a broad range of industry representatives were present. The main issues discussed at the conference were:

  1. The current use of the SafeSeaNet system
  2. Implementation of the Directive - Ships in need of assistance; Places of refuge (following the MSC Flaminia situation last year)
  3. Current scope and legal structure of the Directive.

The Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information system - SafeSeaNet system

The VTMIS Directive establishes an EU-wide vessel traffic monitoring and information system for receipt, storage and exchange of data on ships' movements, dangerous and polluting cargoes and on accidents and incidents. The Directive sets up the so called SafeSeaNet system as the core system in the EU maritime domain.

The SafeSeaNet system is hosted in the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and they are in charge of its technical running and development. The SafeSeaNet system provides on the one hand maritime safety, maritime security and pollution preparedness. And on the other hand, it reports formalities for vessels entering and/or leaving an EU port addresses. The SafeSeaNet system is continuously enhanced and developed in line with decisions of the SSN High Level Steering Group (HLSG). Future possibilities for SSN to combine, process, and integrate maritime data such as LRIT, shore-AIS, Satellite-AIS, VMS, VDS (satellite-based radar detection), Search and Rescue (SAR) and optical satellite products, as well as other information (such as hazmat reports, incident reports, end-user data/observations, etc) will allow SSN to enable the receipt, storage, retrieval and exchange of information for the efficiency of maritime traffic and maritime transport in the Union.

The added value

As a result, a complete maritime picture will be outlined and thereby enhance maritime awareness. This will benefit all different types of vessels using European seas as well as vessels working in the fields of Fisheries Control, Marine pollution and Marine Environment, Customs, Border Control, General law enforcement and, Defence (the EU NAVFOR MarSurv service).

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