ACCSEAS

ACCSEAS (Accessibility for Shipping, Efficiency Advantages and Sustainability)

The Future of e-Navigation in the North Sea Region 

ACCSEAS, is a 3 year project  funded in part by the European Union (INTERREG IVB programme) and is developing e-navigation tools to help mariners navigate safely in the North Sea region, particularly in relation to the expected growth in wind farms in the sea area in the coming years. ACCSEAS aims to improve safety, security and environmental protection in the North Sea Region by developing and implementing a practical e-Navigation test-bed to harmonise the exchange of electronic maritime information on-board and ashore.Building on the development of e-Navigation in Europe through co-ordination with related projects, ACCSEAS will deliver timely and accurate navigation information to support the mariner and, through doing so, help shape e-Navigation solutions of the future. 
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. 

The ACCSEAS partnership consists of eleven organisations in seven countries: General Lighthouse Authorities (UK), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Danish Maritime Authority, Federal Waterways & Shipping Administration (Germany), Rijkwaterstaat, Minesterie Infrastructuur en Milieu (Netherlands), Swedish Maritime Administration, Norwegian Coastal Administration, SSPA Sweden AB, Flensburg University of Applied Science (Germany), NHL Hogeschool, Leeuwarden, Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz (Netherlands), World Maritime University (Sweden). 

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