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Future requirements for MSP in relation to shipping and energy sectors in BSR

Future requirements for MSP in relation to shipping and energy sectors in BSR

Maritime Spatial plans do not only resolve existing use conflicts, but also need to take into account future demands and needs for Baltic Sea space of maritime uses for conflict prevention. For instance licences for offshore wind park development areas are given for timeframes of 25 years. Similarly, transnational energy corridors may only become a reality in 10­-15 years due to new markets and technological development. Neglecting future developments today may lead to higher costs, foregone pan­-Baltic efficiency gains or use of environmentally less suitable space. It is therefore crucial for maritime spatial planners to gain adequate knowledge of sectors' developments.

Work in previous MSP projects has shown that sector targets formulated in a policy as well as industry context are rarely considered in spatially explicit terms and/or on pan-­Baltic level. Furthermore they are voiced from the given sector perspective, but may not sufficiently take into account demands of other sectors. Maritime spatial planners have to better understand the consequences of developments in technology (e-navigation; LNG ports; size of wind parks) and transport and energy conditions on land for estimating the demand of maritime space.

Baltic LINes aims to increase the understanding of both maritime spatial planners and sectors on future sectoral developments and anticipate their possible spatial consequences for the Baltic Sea, both in quantitative (how much space?) and qualitative (which kind of space, which characteristics?) terms. It concentrates on analysing future sectoral trends, assessing economic, environmental, technology and land­sea criteria, and creating a set of future spatial sectoral and cross­sectoral pan­Baltic scenarios. This is done in close cooperation with the sectoral groups themselves using innovative and collaborative methods for knowledge generation and integration.

The main responsible project partner for this work package is Maritime Institute in Gdansk.


Reference documents for WP2.1 available HERE


Reports by work package 2

icon Baltic LINes report on Shipping in the Baltic Sea (3.14 MB)                        Report "Shipping in the Baltic Sea: Past, Present and Future Developments Relevant for Maritime Spatial Planning" was developed by Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) under Work Package 2.1. "Screen and analyse available information, data and maps related to shipping in the Baltic Sea".
Baltic LINes report "Stakeholder Involvement in Long-term Maritime Spatial Planning: Latvian Case"   The report developed by the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development is a summary of the experience gained and the successful and unsuccessful practices, provided to the parties involved in the long-term development planning of different sectors as an example of a possible approach for involving sectoral representatives in future development planning in Latvia.