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Maritime Spatial Planning Conference on Shipping

Date: 19/05/2014

The Maritime Spatial Planning Conference on Shipping will take place on 6 June 2014 in Athens, Greece.

The Conference will gather experts, industries and NGOs to discuss the coexistence and synergies between shipping and other maritime sectors in a context of increasing use of marine space.

Shipping, a traditional maritime sector, has to interact with new activities that redefine the use of marine space between movement and fixedness (for example offshore energy and aquaculture). Simultaneously, by 2030, maritime transport is predicted to rise by 50%. Those evolutions create new issues in terms of safety, access to space, environmental concerns and the efficiency and competitiveness of maritime transport.

With the entry into force of the Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning in 2014, MSP will become an increasingly important policy framework. Shipping and port industries will have to be involved in the regional, national and sea-basin processes of the spatial planning of Europe's seas.

After a high level opening, the conference will focus on:

  •  Current and future spatial needs for seaborne transport and port  development;
  •  Management of competition and co-existence between transport and emerging maritime activities, including in terms of safety;
  •  Articulation between regional or national MSP processes and the international regulatory framework for shipping;
  •  Representation of maritime transport and port interests in MSP.

This conference will be the third in our series of stakeholder events assessing the benefits and challenges of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) for specific maritime sectors and activities. On 14 June 2013, in Dublin, the first meeting was dedicated to MSP and energy and, on 15 November in Vilnius, the second meeting was dedicated to fisheries. You can find more information on both here: http://www.amiando.com/MSPConference_Athens

Discussions and conclusions will feed the work of the European Commission to support the deployment of MSP in Europe. It will be the basis for guidelines to help maritime sectors and Member States implement legislation on Maritime Spatial Planning, and especially the Directive establishing a framework for Maritime Spatial Planning.

The agenda of the workshop will be posted on the website. For any questions with regard to the agenda, please contact: [email protected]

 
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