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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.
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.

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.

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

Vessel Triage

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.

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Danish Maritime Authority

Finnish Transport Safety Agency  


Danish Maritime Authority

Ms Gitte Mondrup

Special Adviser
Policy Area Coordinator

Phone: +45 91 37 63 25



Ms Ditte Folke Henriksen,

Head of Section

Assistant to the Policy Area Coordinator
Tel.: +45 7219 6226


Finnish Transport Safety Agency

Ms Sanna Sonninen


Policy Area Coordinator

Phone: +358 29 534 5011



Mr Jouni Lappalainen

Special Adviser

Phone: +358 29 534 5297



Interreg Baltic Sea Region


The Policy Area on Maritime Safety and Security is co-financed by the interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme