How many ships pass the Dutch coast each day? What is their size
and speed? How much CO2 do they emit? What spills could occur? “These are all typical questions from the government when they have to make decisions regarding the spatial planning of the North Sea or other infrastructural changes,” Hugo adds. MARIN provides answers by analysing AIS data. A good example is the bi-annual network evaluation which is an AIS analysis executed for the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).