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Authorities and Regulators

Authorities and Regulators

Although shipping is one of the safest modes of transport, accidents unfortunately do happen. As an independent institute, MARIN works together with governments, classification agencies, shipping- and other maritime companies to make maritime operations safer.

POLICY ADVICE AND GUIDELINES

The shipping routes in the Dutch part of the North Sea are among the busiest in the world. The world’s largest ships pass our coast every day. Sometimes incidents do happen, like the loss of containers by the MSC Zoe in 2019. MARIN assists in analysing these incidents and providing proposals for improving the safety of navigation.

At the same time our government is planning to install a large number of wind farms on the North Sea, combined with other activities like floating solar panels and seaweed farming. We assist the government with the spatial planning of these activities in relation to the safety of shipping and those activities themselves.

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Hugo Ammerlaan

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traffic studies

How many ships pass the Dutch coast each day? What is their size and speed? How much CO2 do they emit? Typical questions of the government when making decisions regarding the spatial planning of the North Sea or other infrastructural changes. MARIN can give the answers by analysing AIS data. A good example is our network evaluation, an AIS analysis executed for Rijkswaterstaat every two years. The traffic analysis forms the basis for the further risk assessment and safety studies model.

traffic studies

How many ships pass the Dutch coast each day? What is their size and speed? How much CO2 do they emit? Typical questions of the government when making decisions regarding the spatial planning of the North Sea or other infrastructural changes. MARIN can give the answers by analysing AIS data. A good example is our network evaluation, an AIS analysis executed for Rijkswaterstaat every two years. The traffic analysis forms the basis for the further risk assessment and safety studies model.

risk assessments

The Dutch government is developing a large number of wind farms on the North Sea. What are the consequences of these developments on the safety of shipping? To answer this question we follow the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) methodology. This is a rational and systematic process for assessing risks and to evaluate mitigating measures.

risk assessments

The Dutch government is developing a large number of wind farms on the North Sea. What are the consequences of these developments on the safety of shipping? To answer this question we follow the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) methodology. This is a rational and systematic process for assessing risks and to evaluate mitigating measures.

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

Maritime accidents often have a huge impact on society. They can result in loss of life or serious damage to the environment. A dramatic example is the capsizing of the South Korean ferry Sewol where 304 students lost their lives. MARIN has the capabilities to reconstruct accidents like this through simulations and/or model tests.

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

Maritime accidents often have a huge impact on society. They can result in loss of life or serious damage to the environment. A dramatic example is the capsizing of the South Korean ferry Sewol where 304 students lost their lives. MARIN has the capabilities to reconstruct accidents like this through simulations and/or model tests.

Vessel Traffic Services and Ship control centres

Logistics and transportation are more and more data driven. Shipping is an important link in the logistic chain. In inland waterway transport the traditional Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) will disappear and will be replaced by Vessel Traffic Management (VTM). With regard to autonomous shipping, vessels plan their route automatically and take deviating measures to avoid collisions. Operators in a Shore Control Centre (SCC) monitor the vessel and can intervene in case of an emergency. What is the impact of these developments on future VTS/VTM or on SCC? In our simulator facilities we study these developments and optimise the situational awareness of operators on shore.

Vessel Traffic Services and Ship control centres

Logistics and transportation are more and more data driven. Shipping is an important link in the logistic chain. In inland waterway transport the traditional Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) will disappear and will be replaced by Vessel Traffic Management (VTM). With regard to autonomous shipping, vessels plan their route automatically and take deviating measures to avoid collisions. Operators in a Shore Control Centre (SCC) monitor the vessel and can intervene in case of an emergency. What is the impact of these developments on future VTS/VTM or on SCC? In our simulator facilities we study these developments and optimise the situational awareness of operators on shore.

DESIGN RULES AND REGULATIONS

Ships have to fulfil manoeuvring requirements posed by either owners, local governments, classification societies, the IMO or the NATO. We have the perfect facilities and experience to verify whether these requirements are fulfilled.

DESIGN RULES AND REGULATIONS

Ships have to fulfil manoeuvring requirements posed by either owners, local governments, classification societies, the IMO or the NATO. We have the perfect facilities and experience to verify whether these requirements are fulfilled.
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SPACE@SEA

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The Space@Sea project aims to develop multi-use platforms with the objective to develop safe and cost efficient deck space at sea.

Markets

Markets

Life at Sea

The sea is increasingly being regarded as a location for energy generation, food production and possible living at sea. MARIN uses high-quality hydrodynamic research to support the development of floating airports, ports, energy islands and fish and seaweed farming.

Oil and Gas

During the transition to sustainable energy, oil and gas remain essential parts of our energy mix. Using our knowledge and unique facilities, MARIN contributes to improving concepts and making operations for oil and gas extraction at sea safer.

Transport And Shipping

About 90% of international trade is transported by sea. By combining our hydrodynamic and nautical expertise with knowledge of propulsion systems and of logistic and operational aspects we make transport by water cleaner, smarter and safer.

Defence

As tensions increase across the world, protection at sea is becoming ever more important. Beyond the core defence tasks, this also includes providing adequate search and rescue capability, refugee assistance and efficient customs and border patrol. MARIN operates as an independent party on the international market, cooperating with partners such as the Royal Netherlands Navy. We support the development and implementation of complex platforms and missions at sea in realistic conditions.

Renewables

The sea is becoming increasingly important for sustainable energy generation. MARIN has considerable knowledge about the behaviour of vessels and structures at sea. This enables us to contribute to efficient and sustainable solutions for (floating) wind power, floating solar panels and energy generation from tidal flows, waves and temperature differences.

Passengers and Yachting

Yacht owners, passengers and crew of luxury cruise ships and ferries are demanding ever higher standards of comfort, user convenience and luxury on board. MARIN aims to make their stay at sea as sustainable, comfortable and safe as possible.

Infrastructure

The availability of infrastructure, such as ports and waterways, is a basic requirement for economic development. By drawing up advisory reports, we contribute to the design and implementation of civil engineering projects, for instance for ports, tunnels, bridges and waterways. Shipping safety plays an important role in this respect.

Marine Systems

Clean, smart and safe maritime operations demand sustainable solutions. As well as research into complete vessels and structures, we contribute to improving sub-systems, such as innovative propulsion, steering and stabilisation systems.

Authorities and Regulators

Safe and sustainable marine operations require clear agreements and regulations. As an independent party, MARIN works together with governments, classification agencies and other market parties to develop policy advice and assess practical guidelines.