About ACCSEAS

ACCSEAS is a 3-year project supporting improved maritime access to the North Sea Region through minimising navigational risk.With European transport policy providing a shift to seaborne transport, using Short Sea Shipping to avoid road bottle necks to the movement of goods, services and people, efficient and effective marine navigation services have never been more important.

By looking to harmonise maritime information and how it is exchanged and by offering training provision to support real-world implementation, ACCSEAS will ensure that e-Navigation provision in the North Sea contributes a beneficial and lasting impact on the resilience of the Region’s critical infrastructure in terms of safety, security, economic growth and environmental protection.ACCSEAS will build on the findings of previous and current related regional projects and focus on co-operation in key areas of technology and infrastructure services that underpin maritime navigation and safety – looking to further enhance them.

The Project will:

  • identify key areas of shipping congestion and limitation of access to ports;
  • define solutions by prototyping and demonstrating success in an e-Navigation test-bed at North Sea regional level.

The project will follow the guidance and regulatory framework of the EU, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), ACCSEAS will look to prove the success of new e-Navigation concepts by producing four key types of results and outputs:

1. A PRACTICAL TEST-BED

implementing real equipment and infrastructure in the form of e-Navigation prototypes and complementary simulations to test these;

2. A DATABASE OF INFORMATION

demonstrating the effectiveness of the prototypes – primarily in the form of baseline information – concerning vessel routes in the North Sea Region and coverage maps of the geographical extent of e-Navigation services for the prototypes. (This information will be stored in an ACCSEAS Geographical Information System – GIS);

3. SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DOCUMENTATION

covering the problems and possible solutions for maritime access issues in the North Sea Region, how the e-Navigation prototypes and simulations were developed to address these, and an assessment of best practices involved in establishing e-Navigation regional solutions;

4. ANALYSIS OF THE LESSONS LEARNED, ADVICE on the TRAINING MODULES for PRACTICAL E-NAVIGATION solutions.

These outputs will then inform policy development and influence the creation of any necessary institutional structures and regulatory instruments needed to deliver future e-Navigation Aids to Navigation services.

Approved and part-funded by EU’s INTERREG IVB North Sea Region Programme as a transnational project, key navigation authorities and maritime administrations supporting ACCSEAS have come together to deliver the project from Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

For more project information:ACCSEAS Overview

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