Shipping and Maritime Spatial Planning in the North Sea

Shipping is a traditional and transnational user of marine space. Ships are generally entitled to free navigation (with the exception of traffic separating schemes prescribed by the IMO). However, shipping routes still need to be taken into account in Martime Spatial Plans in order to ensure that these routes are kept free from other conflicting uses, such off-shore windfarms. Also new shipping trends, be it new harbours or industry trends, might demand certain space in the sea. Also these issues need to be included into the plan to make sure developments in the future will not be limited by other uses.

 Click on the following links to explore what the NorthSEE project partners found out. The entire report (PDF including annexes and sources) can be found in the Project Downloads section

Current status of shipping


Future Trends of shipping (and their spatial impact)

undefined Current legislation relevant for shipping                                           undefined Drivers and enablers for future shipping activities
undefined History of shipping in the North Sea   undefined Ship design and Maritime Technology
undefined Current shipping routes and martime traffic (2016)   undefined Fuel and energy
undefined International routing measures for shipping (IMO)   undefined Digitalisation of shipping
undefined National routing measures for shipping   undefined Development on shore side
undefined Conclusions current status of shipping   undefined Conclusions future trends of shipping (+ spatial consequences)


 Planning criteria (download .docx version here)