Bluemassmed is a project co-funded by the European Commission (DG Mare) in the framework of the Integrated Maritime Policy of the European Union. It brings together 37 agencies responsible for maritime surveillance in the 6 Member States bordering the Mediterranean and its Atlantic approaches (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Malta).
In recent years a surge of risks and threats (pollution, illegal fishing, unauthorised immigration, drug trafficking, menaces to the security of shipping) has increased the responsibilities of States at sea. The action of State forces on or near the sea had to be made more effective. This led to our imagining new ways of cooperating, based on the systematic and organised sharing of information. To do this the « BluemassMed network » was designed to make the partners’ present maritime information processing systems interoperable. The network, designed with the help of the information industry, enables almost 40 of the partners’ operations centres to share information and services, with adequate quality and security guarantees. The sharing of information and the ensuing added value in terms of early and more detailed knowledge of events that concern the partners in their field of national responsibility means that partners will in the long term have a Shared Basic Common Maritime Picture (SBCMP).
Now after two years’ fruitful exploration leading to an experimental demonstration, this conference on 7 June will present the results and broach the issues opened up by this project. To muster with the actors of the project, invitations are going out to other actors, public or private, institutions or individuals, from Member States and from the European Union - all those who are concerned by or interested in the issues of maritime information and the maritime future of Europe.
Official press release (EN/FR) can be found below.
For more informatio, please visit: http://www.bluemassmed.net/