Maritime Safety and Security – a Policy Area of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
In 2009, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was adopted, as the European Union’s first macro-regional strategy. Denmark and Finland serve as Policy Area Coordinators (PACs) for PA Safe on behalf of the other eight EU Member States around the Baltic Sea. The task is jointly headed by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency and the Danish Maritime Authority.
Today, the Strategy consists of 13 Policy Areas and 4 Horizontal Actions and a range of projects. One of the 13 Policy Areas focuses on maritime safety and security. Its official name in the strategy is "Policy Area for Maritime Safety and Security", but it is most often referred to as "PA Safe"
The overall goal of PA Safe is for the Baltic Sea Region “to become a leading region in maritime safety and security”. This objective is pursued through implementation of actions by means of a project based policy dialogue. This dialogue helps to identify gaps in the cooperation, identify projects and encourage project makers to fill those.
Since the inception of the EUSBSR in 2009, a broad range of policy activities and Flagship Projects have been conducted in the framework of PA Safe, and a series of results have been achieved. These results are either being used directly for the benefit of maritime safety and security in the region, or have helped pave the way for new project activities, developing the already achieved results further. Thus, the results from Flagship Projects form the background of the Policy Area and sets the starting point for future activities.
Activities and Flagship Projects conducted within PA Safe cover a wide range of aspects of maritime safety and security, such as e-Navigation, navigation in icy waters, safety in fisheries, transport of dangerous goods and re-surveying of shipping routes, and the fostering of innovation and initiatives towards creating a common information sharing environment for maritime security information.
An international Steering Committee has been established to guide and assist the Policy Area Coordinators in their work. The Steering Committee consists of members from maritime authorities in the Baltic Sea States, regional organizations, the European Commission and other relevant stakeholders, including representatives from Flagship Projects and Seed Money projects (preparatory projects). The international Steering Committee convenes twice a year.
A short description of the Policy Area and its projects can be found in this brochure.
Ongoing Flagship Projects of the Policy Area
Strategic and Operational Risk Management for Wintertime Maritime Transportation System- STORMWINDS
Operational plans and procedures for maritime search and rescue in hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) incidents - CHEMSAR Baltic Sea Maritime Incident Response Group (Baltic Sea MIRG) Project
Enhanced Situational Awareness to Improve Maritime Safety in the Baltic - ESABALT
Efficient, Safe and Sustainable Traffic at Sea - EfficienSea 2.0
Diving with State Maritime Resources Together in the Baltic - DiveSmart Baltic
Finalising Surveys for the Baltic Motorways of the Sea - FAMOS
Sea Traffic Management Validation (STM Validation)
Speed up re-surveying of major shipping routes and ports
Winter navigation Motorways of the Sea (WINMOS)
Successfully completed Flagship Projects of the Policy Area
To create a centre for knowledge and innovation in the field of maritime safety and security
Develop a plan to reduce the number of accidents in fisheries
Minimising the risk of transportation of dangerous goods by sea
Development of shipping routes and e-Navigation in the Baltic Sea
Become a pilot region for e-Navigation
Baltic Sea Maritime Functionalities
Become a pilot region for the integration of maritime surveillance systems
The Policy Area Coordinators' work is co-financed by the interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.