Denmark nears new ships’ routeing systems in the Kattegat
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search & Rescue (NCSR) has approved the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)’s proposal for new ships’ routeing measures, thereby bringing new routes in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat one step closer and enhancing safety of navigation. Because of developments in shipping, the ships transiting these waters today are larger than those for which the routes were originally designed. Approx. 7,000 ships transit the Kattegat each year, the majority of which are deep-draught ships heading for or coming from the Baltic Sea. Consequently, there is a need to extend existing ships’ routes, thereby making it easier to keep the traffic separate in accordance with the largest water depths. Therefore, the Danish Maritime Authority has – in cooperation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the agencies responsible for nautical charts in both countries – developed proposals for new ships’ routeing measures in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat. Director Per Sønderstrup from the Danish Maritime Authority said: "Danish shipping is characterised by quality shipping as regards ships, seafarers and the maritime infrastructure. And therefore, we must also have the very best routeing systems in Danish waters that support safety of navigation. I am pleased that our hard work on ships’ routes has now reached a milestone. Thereby, we have taken a major step towards the introduction of the new ships’ routeing measures.” Now, the ships’ routeing measures are to be approved by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee this May with a view to being implemented in July 2020.