Practicalities of using SSN and safety / security support systems in Latvia  


Prevention of accidents at sea and marine pollution is an essential component of the European Union's transport policy. Since 1993, over 15 proposed Directives or Regulations concerning passenger vessels' safety, prevention of pollution and port state control requirements for seafarers were initiated. Their implementation includes also the collection and dissemination of maritime data which is main task for the SafeSeaNet. Since 2002 Member States and the European Commission have been working together to develop a practical solution to exchange of information about cargo, ship safety records and ship movements.
Directive 2002/59/EC of 27 June 2002 is aimed to establish vessel traffic monitoring and information system in Europe. To achieve these objectives, European Commission initiated the development of SafeSeaNet (SSN).
Information contained in the SafeSeaNet system and mandated by the safety and security at sea legislation, which is often similar or even identical to information requested by other information systems. To avoid unnecessary duplication, the Latvian national SSN system was created as an integrated information management tool for each of the maritime authorities.
Exchanging of information is very often difficult because institutions like port authorities are using different ways to collate, store and transfer data. The IT systems used are often incompatible with each other. Information is frequently transmitted by different means: fax, phone or email.
The study provides an overview of the factors affecting the practical implementation of SSN requirements in Latvia with reference to:

1.  Related international and national legislation;
2.  Shipping security related information:
a.  AIS;
b.  ISPS
c.  SSN
3.  National SafeSeaNet system architecture:
a.  NCA;
b.  LCA;
c.  Users
4.  “Single window” concept solution in the national SSN:
5.  Suggestions  for improvement