Safe Sea Net – Integrated management system for naval traffic

The project was implemented in two stages, the first part  took place in early May 2008 until October 2008 and the second stage, which included the update, was conducted between October and November 2010.The purpose of developing a monitoring and information system for the Safe Sea Net’s vessels is to improve maritime safety and efficiency by increasing the response of authorities to incidents, accidents or potentially dangerous situations at sea. The monitoring system is in compliance with Directive 2002/59/EC of 27 June 2002 on the establishment of an information system and vessel traffic monitoring (Safe Sea Net). The operator of a ship intending to enter the port of a Member State must notify in advance the competent port authorities particularly about dangerous and polluting cargoes. Mandatory equipment is provided with automatic identification systems (AIS) and automatic recording of travel data (VDR or “black boxes”) within a specific timetable.

System description:

Safe Sea Net has two types of notifications: Ship notifications and Port Plus notifications.

Ship Notification: Safe Sea Net’s reporting system provides details on the position of a ship, travel and information on the goods transported. Notifications are based on the Automated Identification System messages (AIS) automatically sent from ships through each VHF station and received by the coastal stations in range;

Port Plus Notifications: notifies Safe Sea Net that a specific vessel must enter a specific port and record arrivals, which are issued 72/24  to allow the Port Authority to prepare inspections, the exact time of arrival and departure(ATA/ATD), necessary to calculate the number of inspections that each MS should take, details on hazardous materials carried and generates a report of incidents about the ship’s safety, environment, or other predefined categories such as “prohibited vessels”.

The request/response mechanism is an unified request/response message for information recovery tasks of Port Plus (forecast information on arrival, departure or on hazardous materials). The user can request information about the various stages of call for certain ships, a ship’s current voyage, calls made from a ship in a European port, for a certain period of time, also confirmation and a full set of information describing the dangerous goods on board.

Safe Sea Net allows mandatory and periodic inspection of vessels management. Also, the system has a complex method of reporting, including traffic statistics recorded for each port, inspections and incidents recorded for each vessel and confirmation on successful transmission of messages handled. SafeSeaNet provides real-time images of ships heading the Romanian territorial waters (using GIS).


  • Establishing a network between sea authorities;
  • Connecting the National SSN system to the European SSN Network;
  • Harmonization of information exchange;
  • Effective implementation of regulations;
  • Preventing pollution and sea accidents;
  • Effective implementation of legislation concerning maritime safety;
  • Collect and disseminate information on maritime activities.



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