Tunisia having recently become a Contracting Government to the European Union Cooperative Data Centre (EU LRIT CDC), attended the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of ships (LRIT) Session of the 5th SafeSeaNet/LRIT Group Meeting, which was held at the European Maritime Safety Agency last month. Tunisia was welcomed to the meeting where LRIT data quality issues and new developments were discussed. The participation of Tunisia to the 5th SSN/LRIT Working Group was sponsored by the EU-funded SAFEMED IV project.
The EU LRIT CDC disseminates LRIT information on EU-flagged ships around the world on behalf of all European flag States, and exchanges information with other data centres around the world. The system was initially set up for the purposes of maritime security but was soon extended for use in areas such as Search and Rescue (SAR), maritime safety and protection of the marine environment. Ships send automatic position reports every 6 hours, which are received by satellite, and securely transferred to data centres which manage LRIT information on behalf of flag States.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is implementing SAFEMED IV project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards in the Mediterranean sea, with a view to implement the maritime aspects of the UfM Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020.