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Maritime Spatial Planning + Dynamic Routeing = True

Published: August 22, 2014

MONALISA 2.0: Green routes

VASAB together with the PartiSEApate project organised the Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum – PartiSEApate Conference, which took place on 17 – 18 June 2014 in Riga, Latvia.

Fabio Ballini represented MONALISA 2.0 during the Baltic Conference in Riga. His speech was focused on Sea Traffic Management with a special focus on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Baltic Sea. The presentation received great interest from the participants involved in the workshop.

Fabio Ballini at PartiSEApate 2014

Fabio Ballini at PartiSEApate 2014

The relevance of Maritime Spatial Planning in the MONA LISA 2.0 project in mainly focused on the integration of route planning tools with additional environmental information with the aim of improved maritime safety and environmental protection.

Dynamic Route Planning (DRP) provides information for optimal ship routes at sea, focusing on increased safety, fuel savings and emission reduction. However, it does not take into account the environmental characteristics of marine and coastal environments that are sensitive to shipping-related activities. The health of the marine environment is a fundamental part of the health of our planet. Maritime Spatial Planning is a tool for planning and managing human activities at sea, while protecting the marine ecosystem. The European Union encourages member states to develop Maritime Spatial Planning in their respective marine areas and ensure compatibility to improve safety and environmental protection, to avoid conflicts and support cooperation.

By integrating Dynamic Route Planning with the environmental aspects of Maritime Spatial Planning, it will be possible to include environmental sensitivity in the route planning of maritime transport.

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