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Directive 2009/17/EC

In the framework of the Third Maritime Safety package, the Council and the European Parliament have agreed Directive 2009/17/EC modifying  Directive 2002/59/EC for establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system (the "VTM Directive").
One of the main objectives of the amended Directive is to guarantee that all Member States will be interconnected via the Community maritime information exchange system SafeSeaNet (SSN), in order to obtain a complete overview of the movements of ships and dangerous or polluting cargoes in European waters. SSN is the EU platform for maritime data exchange established in view of ensuring the implementation of relevant Community legislation[1].
The Roadmap for the maintenance and future evolution of SafeSeaNet include:

1.     June 2009: Entry into operation of the EU LRIT Data Centre.

2.     July 2009: The SafeSeaNet Tracking Information Relay Exchange System (STIRES[2]) is put into operation by EMSA; Entry into operation of the EMSA Maritime Support Service on 24/7 basis.

3.     2009 Ongoing:  Start preparing, with the assistance of EMSA and Member States' experts, the SSN Interface Functionalities and Control Document, IFCD (nota: until the finalization of this document, SSN should continue to be operated and maintained on the basis of the current ICD document as referred to in Annex III of the initial Directive 2002/59/EC).

4.     2010- Setting-up by EMSA of the data centre hosting integrated maritime applications (SSN, LRIT, CleanSeaNet, Thetis).

5.     1.1.2011: Entry into operation of the inspection system (Thetis) established under the recast Port State Control Directive. As from this date, a new version of SafeSeaNet will be implemented including full integration of new PSC requirements and handling of LRIT information.


[1] SafeSeaNet aims at the collection, storage and exchange of information for the purpose of maritime safety, port and maritime security, marine environment protection and the efficiency of maritime transport.

[2] STIRES constitutes an enhancement to the SafeSeaNet system in view of facilitating relaying and exchange of information in accordance with Directive 2002/59/EC, using inter alia AIS data. It will be interfaced with the current SSN version implemented by EMSA and will not impact on the national SSN applications of Member States.

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