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"The biggest challenge is to stay ahead of innovations to allow safe and efficient operations to continue"

Conference/JournalMARIN Report 132
DateSep 30, 2021
Although shipping is one of the safest modes of transport, unfortunately accidents do happen. As an independent institute, MARIN works together with governments, classification societies and shipping companies to make maritime operations safer, smarter, cleaner and more economical. We support them in developing policy, new design rules and regulations.
As an example, the shipping routes in the Dutch part of the North Sea are among the busiest in the world. Sometimes there are incidents such as the loss of containers from the MSC Zoe or the sinking of M/V Baltic Ace. MARIN assists in analysing these incidents and providing proposals for improving the safety of navigation.

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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).

MARIN develops design rules for inland waterways and rivers