In marine areas with complex route systems, including systems for monitoring and guidance of maritime traffic and ship reporting systems, it may be difficult for navigators, shipping companies and others to manage all the requirements and recommendations that apply to ship navigation.
In order to facilitate the ships’ route planning, the countries around the Baltic Sea agreed to publish a special, English-language route guide called Mariners' Routeing Guide Baltic Sea. The Danish Geodata Agency has now digitized and published the guide.
"I am delighted that the Danish Geodata Agency has taken another important step towards digitizing maritime data for shipping. The Baltic Sea has high levels of shipping activity and complex route systems, where easy access to updated nautical information is crucial for navigational safety," says Lars Chr. Lilleholt, Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate.
Interactive map With the new digital guide, navigators can familiarise themselves in advance about e.g. traffic separation systems, deepwater routes, reporting points, etc. This can be done both by referring to the website or by consulting the interactive map of the Baltic Sea.
"By digitizing the information, we can continuously update the guide while also presenting the data in a convenient and comprehensible manner. Eventually, it will also be possible to integrate the data into other systems and initiatives such as the Marine Geographic Data Infrastructure," explains Elizabeth Hagemann, Area Manager in Nautical Charts Denmark and Administration at the Danish Geodata Agency.
Click here to go to the Mariners' Routeing Guide Baltic Sea
- Over 65,000 ships pass through Danish coastal waters every year.
- Mariners' Routeing Guide Baltic Sea is identical to the printed version, which is published by the German nautical chart office, Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH).
- The online edition is maintained and updated on a regular basis by the Danish Geodata Agency with corrections published by BSH in the German notices to mariners, Nachrichten für Seefahrer (NfS).
- The digital guide is responsive and can be used on iPads, tablets and mobile phones.
- The Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) allows geographic information to be compared across authorities with interests and responsibilities at sea. You can read more about the MSDI here
Danish Geodata Agency
Nautical editor in Nautical Charts Denmark and Administration Jes Carstens
Danish Ministry og Energy, Utilities and Climate
Press Officer Kirsten Tode