The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved a joint Danish-Swedish proposal for new ship routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak. The work is already in progress and the new routes will be in place from July 1, 2020.
IMO approved the ship routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak after a proposal from Denmark and Sweden. This step is important because of the much larger size of ships navigating the straits today in comparison to the ships that the route systems were originally designed for.
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About 70,000 ships a year pass through Kattegat and Skagerrak on their way to or from the Baltic Sea and several of these have significant draught. For that reason, the existing ship routes must be expanded to ensure traffic separation and proper use of deep-water routes.
The IMO NCSR Sub-Committee had first approved the new routes last February.