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HELCOM AIS Working Group Meeting in Tallinn

On 01-02 October 2009, the 19th meeting of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) Expert Working Group for Mutual Exchange and Deliveries of AIS data is taking place in Tallinn.

Delegates from nine states as well as a representative of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) are participating, and a guest from the Japanese Coast Guard will also be attending.
The following topics are going to be discussed:
- AIS (Automatic Identification System) status in the Contracting Parties;
- access to and use of AIS information;
- additional AIS messages;
- HELCOM AIS coverage;
- monitoring of VDL loading;
- monitoring of non-compliant ships;
- maintaining and further development of HELCOM AIS.
The Helsinki Commission is devoted to the protection of the Baltic Sea marine environment against all sources of pollution in cooperation with the governments of Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. HELCOM is the directing body of the Convention on the protection of the marine environment of the Baltic Sea area (Helsinki Convention).
The objective of HELCOM is to ensure a healthy marine environment in the Baltic Sea characterised by biodiversity, which supports sustainable economic and social activities.