November 19th, Shipping Assistance Division was host to some of the Belgian coast guard partners. As National Competent Authority, the division organized an information session on the European Integrated Maritime Data Environment (IMDatE). The coast guard secretaries were also present. This project is intented to improve the cooperation between different coast guard authorities and to facilitate cross-border cooperation.
The European Agency for Maritime Safety (EMSA) developed an Imdate webservice. With this webservice a regional maritime traffic image can be presented, including position - information derived from different databases. During this information session, the various functionalities were discussed and the coast guard partners had the chance to ask to provide extra functionalities to support their operational tasks. To conclude, EMSA and DG MOVE (directorate-general within the European Commission responsible for transport) visited the Maritime Rescue- and Coordination Centre (MRCC).