Modernization of Danish Shipping routes
As of 1 July 2020 new shipping routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak will be implemented. At the same time, digital solutions will be deployed with the use of virtual buoys.
Virtual AIS (Automatic Identification System) buoys are different from traditional buoys as the buoy does not exist physically in the water, but is only visible on the ships' navigation equipment. However, the routes will still be defined with traditional physical aids to navigation optimized to the new routes. The new shipping routes are intended to enhance the safety of navigation in the main traffic routes to and from the Baltic Sea.
Andreas Nordseth, Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority
“With up to 70,000 ships annually through the Kattegat, it is essential to keep in mind the safety of navigation. Shipping in these waters is quite intensive, especially around the Skaw, and both in Denmark and abroad we have good experiences in enhancing the safety of navigation with routeing systems. At the same time, we introduce digital tools, as the routes will be marked with virtual buoys, which also is considered to enhance the safety”.
The current routeing systems in the waters were originally established based on the mined swept routes established after World War II. The waters were declared free of mines in 1975, but the routes have still been used to guide the shipping traffic safely through the Danish waters. Now the routes are adjusted in accordance with the natural sailing patterns, so that they guide and separate the shipping traffic better.
The routes have been developed in close cooperation with the Danish Geodata Agency, the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Maritime Administration. All changes to the routes can be seen on the Danish Maritime Authority's website (https://www.dma.dk/SikkerhedTilSoes/Sejladsinformation/RuterKattegatSkagerrak/Sider/default.aspx) and are promulgated through the Notices for Mariners, as well as in the official sea charts from the Danish Geodata Agency.
About Danish Maritime Authority
“The Danish Maritime Authority sets the direction for future quality shipping”
Our field of responsibility is based on the shipping industry and its framework conditions, the ship and its crew. In addition, we are responsible for aids to navigation in the waters surrounding Denmark and ashore. In other words, the Danish Maritime Authority has the responsibility for the following:
- The construction, equipment and operation of Danish ships (including safety, terror prevention, navigational regulations, manning, occupational health and environmental protection) as well as port State control of foreign ships calling at Danish ports.
- Ship registration.
- Seafarers’ employment, health and conditions of social security.
- Shipping policy, maritime law as well as industrial policy, both nationally and internationally.
- Tasks related to aids to navigation at sea and ashore (lighthouses and buoys), including ships and repair workshops.
- Navigational information in the form of navigational analyses, warnings, GIS and specialist publications.
- The national pilot authority.
The Danish Maritime Authority consists of the central authority, eight survey offices, including the office in Nuuk, Greenland, as well as the Centre of Maritime Health and Safety on the island of Fanø.
Our responsibility as a government agency applies both to the merchant fleet and the fishing industry. However, the Danish Maritime Authority is not responsible for the industrial policy relating to fishing which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Please observe that the surveillance of Danish waters and of civilian shipping, sovereignty enforcement, the police authority, pollution prevention, environmental surveillance, ice-breaking, etc. are the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence.
The Danish Maritime Authority is a government agency under the Ministry of Business and Growth.
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