Event to explore sustainable and e-navigation solutions

Organizations convene next week to discuss solutions to keep North Sea shipping safe.



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Updated on 26 Feb 2014 14:18 GMT

The ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference takes place next week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with an array of maritime organizations from around the globe convening to discuss the work of ACCSEAS in developing a test-bed of e-navigation solutions to help keep mariners safe when navigating the increasingly busy shipping waters of the North Sea Region.

Organizations confirmed as attending the ACCSEAS Conference include the International Chamber of Shipping, Danish Maritime Authority, Inmarsat, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, Kongsberg Seatex AS, Swedish Maritime Administration, Saga Shipping and the European Commission, to name just a few of the navigation authorities, service providers and end users that will be present. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Evolving Navigation in the North Sea Region’.

The conference will be officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and will be chaired by Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, previous Hydrographer of the Royal Navy.

Dr Alwyn Williams, ACCSEAS Project Manager said: “The waters of the North Sea Region are forecast to become increasingly congested, with an estimated 50% increase on the number of ship movements by 2020+. Likewise, the navigable space taken up by wind farms could increase from 440km2 to 23,500 km2 in just a few years. This poses significant safety concerns for vessels in the North Sea, which already has some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

"The conference offers an excellent opportunity to explore what is being done by ACCSEAS to develop a test-bed of services to support the mariner and unlock the potential for sustainable and effective e-navigation solutions in the North Sea Region. This year’s event includes a wealth of expert speakers and I am confident that this event will be of enormous value to all participants."

The event will also host a series of workshops that will discuss the future of e-navigation training, the future provision of e-navigation services, including the concept of the Maritime Cloud, and the impact of e-navigation on the wider logistics chain.

The ACCSEAS Conference is taking place over three days from 4th to 6th March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is free to attend. Anyone wishing to attend must book their place at www.accseas.eu/register.