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Maritime Navigation and Information Services

More:  Institutes 
Acronym: MarNIS
Period: 2004 till 2008
Status: Completed

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  • Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu; Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), more, co-ordinator
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Mobiliteit en Openbare Werken; Waterwegen en zeekanaal NV (W&Z), more, partner
  • Université de Liège; Faculté des Sciences Appliquées; Département d'Architecture, Géologie, Environnement & Constructions; Architecture Navale, Génie Maritime, Navigation Intérieure et Maritime, Analyse des Systèmes de Transport (ANAST), more, partner

Abstract:
The main objectives of MarNIS are:

Improvement of safety and the protection of the environment;
The development of a a safety structure in European waters through the use of Vessel Traffic Management (VTM) in the littoral seas. The safety structure includes continuous monitoring of high risk vessels along the European coasts using AIS and Long Range (LR) AIS, the possibility to intervention of the coastal states to protect their coasts, the provision of safe havens, the provision of Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs), the provision of sufficient salvage capabilities and the integration of VTM and Search and Rescue functions into a safety preventive and remedial network along the European coasts.

Improvement of security;
The development of practical solutions as to how VTM can contribute to monitoring of vessels and tracking of cargoes from consignor to consignee (down to pallet and package size) within its jurisdictional boundaries;
The definition of functional requirements for a pan-European solution for the use of AIS coastal networks and the supporting information exchange network such as SafeSeaNet for other authorities and agencies requiring regulatory information for vessels destined to European ports.

Improvement of efficiency and reliability;
Efficiency falls under two broad headings: the efficiency of traffic flows in confined waters, the responsibility is within the scope of VTSs in ports and sometimes in coastal VTSs within the territorial seas, and the efficiency of sea traffic as an important mode of the total transport chain and the provision of information to the total transport chain.
Efficiency of traffic flows in ports and territorial waters will be improved by developing appropriate software for advance planning of port and terminal activities.
Efficiency of traffic flows in international waters will be improved by developing a co-ordinated and harmonised system for the collection and presentation of dangerous goods related information to all relevant stakeholders in a port environment. Special attention will be made to the international aspect of sea transport. In this context also the technical and administrative options will be determined based on the transfer of traffic data between different jurisdictions so that “over the horizon” traffic images may be obtained by the different Maritime Administrations and establish pan-European solutions.

Efficiency of transport chains in relation to intermodal transport and mandatory reporting to administration agencies will be enhanced by developing a coherent traffic and cargo reporting system that can be effectively linked to shore-based data management systems to achieve a system of “One Stop Shopping”; In the same context optimal solutions (technical and administrative) will be developed for the transfer of traffic data, based on its availability and integrity, between Port Community Systems (PCSs), port VTSs in cases where no PCS is available, Maritime Administrations and transport communities;

Improvement of the economic aspects of sea transport by enhancing traffic management using new technologies and demonstration of Pan-European navigation and information services including the interfaces with “GALILEO” and other future navigation systems.

Improvement of the legal and organizational aspects by improving the legal concept of European regional solutions in relation to international law and introduction of potential legal and organisational requirements as basis for an integrated European information system.

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