EMSA announced the Agency’s Traffic Density Maps (TDM) which was launched by EMODnet, offering a simple but effective way of displaying ship movement patterns.
Accordingly, the announcement took place on December 20, 2019, with EMSA informing that users are able to browse in a carious timeframe, referring to the past, to see how traffic has changed, viewing the entire traffic fleet, or focusing only on certain ship types of specific interest.
Also, the maps are expected to boost the understanding of maritime traffic, enabling authorities to make risk assessments, improve traffic planning and enhance overall ship safety.
The maps work by using AIS data, received by EMSA from the Agency’s data providers. This data is then processed to recreate the track of each individual ship from its recorded positions.
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The TDM are available to the public from EMODnet Human Activities, the European Commission’s entry point to geographic information on the use of the oceans. This was possible thanks to an agreement signed between EMSA and DG MARE.
Concluding, recently EMSA launched a report presenting its five-year strategic priorities for 2020-2024, explaining which are the steps to be taken to continue being “the centre of excellence for a safe and sustainable EU maritime sector”.