SafeSeaNet interface gets makeover

Two recent upgrades have improved the EMSA's SafeSeaNet service.

Firstly, the interface now displays data on nautical charts, making it easier and faster to obtain information.

Secondly, the 'incident report exchange' has been expanded based on feedback from a two-year consultation

Details on a vessel involved in an accident or incident will now be updated and distributed to Member State authorities along the planned route of the ship.

Member States tested the new functions during a series of training sessions held in EMSA and Belgium and gave very positive feedback.

Further training will be given in 2014 and Member States are invited to express their interest to participate.

SafeSeaNet was established as a centralised European platform for maritime data exchange, linking together maritime authorities from across Europe. It enables European Union Member States, Norway, and Iceland, to provide and receive information on ships, ship movements, and hazardous cargoes. Main sources of information include Automatic Identification System (AIS) based position reports, and notification messages sent by designated authorities in participating countries.

SafeSeaNet is a vessel traffic monitoring and information system, established in order to enhance:

  • Maritime safety
  • Port and maritime security
  • Marine environment protection
  • Efficiency of maritime traffic and maritime transport

SafeSeaNet supports:

Safer seas and better protection of seafarers through:

  • early identification of high-risk vessels
  • earlier precautionary actions and risk mitigation
  • improved emergency response to incidents or pollution.

More efficient operations by:

  • standardising access to data
  • helping users to respect their legal obligations
  • increasing the efficiency of port logistics (e.g. providing more accurate estimated times of arrival, details of waste handling, etc.)

High quality EU level monitoring by providing:

  • accurate, up-to-date information on the location of ships and their cargoes
  • reliable statistics for EU MemberStateand EFTA bodies.