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HELCOM AIS EWG Meeting in Tallinn


On 12-13 June 2018, the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) Automatic Identification System (AIS) Expert Working Group met at the Estonian Maritime Administration VTS Centre in Tallinn. Experts from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Norway participated, and the meeting was chaired by Mr Alar Siht from the MA.

At the meeting, the following topics were discussed:

-          an overview of the decisions and documents of HELCOM meetings and conferences within the past year that have relevance to the activities and tasks of the AIS EWG;

-          an overview of the developments and changes in the infrastructure of AIS networks in the countries that are Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention;

-          management and development of HELCOM AIS.

The most important task of the Meeting was to prepare the new edition of HELCOM Recommendation 33/1 “Unified Interpretation in Relation to Access to and Use of HELCOM AIS”, reflecting the changes deriving from the fact that the HELCOM AIS server is now administered by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, and that on 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (DGPR) provisions became applicable in all EU states. This document will be forwarded to the HELCOM MARITIME WG conference in autumn to be approved.

HELCOM AIS EWG (Expert Working Group for Mutual Exchange and Deliveries of AIS Data) was established on the basis of the HELCOM Copenhagen Declaration in 2002. At the 2017 conference Mr Alar Siht from Estonia was elected Chair for the next two years.

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18th PA Safe SC Meeting at the MA


On 6 June 2018, the 18th meeting of the International Steering Committee for the Policy Area on Maritime Safety and Security of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) took place in Tallinn at the Estonian Maritime Administration.

The EUSBSR defines in its Action Plan the priority policy areas which include maritime safety and security (PA Safe). The objective is to make the Baltic Sea region the leader in the field of safety and security. This objective is to be achieved through various projects, and those that have a particular significance for the Baltic Sea become flagship projects. Currently there are nine such flagship projects, three of which (WINMOS II, FAMOS and EfficienSea2) also include our Administration as a partner. The work of flagship projects is coordinated by the Danish Maritime Authority and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi).


President Kaljulaid Visited Maritime Administration


On Tuesday, 5 June 2018, the President of the Republic of Estonia Ms Kersti Kaljulaid visited the Maritime Administration. Director General Mr Rene Arikas introduced to President Kaljulaid our organisation, its main activities and future plans. They also discussed the topic of enhancing the competitiveness of Estonian shipping and touched upon the idea of using modern technology and digital solutions in the maritime sector.

The meeting took place at the MA VTS centre at Valge 3, so Mrs President had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the daily work at the vessel traffic management department and visit Tallinn front lighthouse.


24.05.2018 MA Joined Pollution Response Exercises in Kopli Bay
22.05.2018 European Maritime Day in Estonia – Children at Hundipea Harbour
17.05.2018 Upcoming Events Affecting Vessel Traffic in Estonian Waters
09.05.2018 Navigational Season for Recreational Craft Begins in May
25.04.2018 MA Has A New Workshop at Rohuküla

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