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Maritime Safety

With the increasing volume of maritime traffic and port development in the Straits as well as the increasing mix of other uses (e.g., marine recreation, fisheries, coastal development), the capacity and condition of the Straits to handle such growth could be exacerbated by weather-related conditions including tidal regime and for the shipping industry, these situations could lead to delays or diversions, more conservative loading and higher risk of collision and grounding.

  Precision navigation is the backbone of the marine electronic highway upon which relevant maritime and environmental systems would be integrated with the ENCs-ECDIS as the geospatial platform.

The wide adoption of digital technology in the shipping sector has enhanced navigation, for example the use of transponders such as an automatic identification system (AIS) and onboard access to the Internet.

With enhanced AIS, hydrographical and oceanographic data (e.g., currents and depth, tides and sea state) including weather information can be transmitted and/or received which can greatly ease ship movement in restricted or congested waterways as well as during inclement conditions (e.g., improving the situational awareness of mariners).
In addition, Information flow could be real-time, forecast, archive data, and monitoring/time log data. Development in this area will certainly provide the impetus to realize the establishment of a MEH system.

The integration of the maritime safety component with the environment protection and management technologies underpins the marine electronic highway. This technical integration and harmonization will be built from the perspective of end-users and their requirements and is one aspect of the MEH system. It will include new technologies, applications and management approach. Sustainable financing mechanisms, obligations associ¬ated with accession or ratification of international conventions, protocols, agreements and treaties, legal, institutional and administra¬tive arrangements and political considerations are the non-technical aspects of the MEH that will have to be identified, assessed and taken into account in the establishment, operation and sustainability of the MEH system.