Overview of MSP related maritime uses

  • MSP Driver: willingness to balance between new and old users with focus on navigation and ports
  • Current main uses:
    • Shipping
    • Military
    • Tourism
    • Nature conservation
    • Fisheries
    • Mineral extraction
  • Future uses:
    • Offshore renewable energy production
    • Aquaculture
  • Other future uses: underwater tourism
  • Issues: how to accommodate newcomers and make the best out of them for sustainable development of the coastal communities and small ports

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

Only pilot plans for MSP exist. Please see database for more detailed information.

In May 2017, a first draft of the „zero version” of Polish maritime Spatial Plan has been submitted to Polish Maritime Administration by the consortium that won the tender for plan preparation: Maritime Institute in Gdańsk and National Marine Fisheries Research Institute from Gdynia.

The process kick-off took place in autumn 2016 with an international meeting (19 October 2017) at which all BSR MSP focal points were invited. On 8th of March 2017, a similar meeting was held for Polish stakeholders. Both meetings aimed at informing the broader audience about the MSP process, its goals, ambitions and timetables.  The stakeholders were invited to submit suggestions to the plan. In parallel, the stock-taking report was updated. On the basis of stakeholders’ comments and suggestions and with the use of the information available in the updated stock-taking report, the first draft of the zero version has been compiled.

The plan covers the Exclusive Economical Zone (EEZ), the territorial sea, the seawaters between the baseline of the territorial sea, the boundaries of land lots in contact with the sea, and the internal sea waters of the Gulf of Gdańsk. The Plan does not cover seawaters within the boundaries of ports and the Szczecin and Vistula Lagoons for which detailed plans will be prepared.

The zero version identifies the key sea areas and assigns to them priority and secondary functions. It also identifies key spatial conflicts and it examines existing regulations regarding the use of the sea areas (e.g. those related to nature protection, fishery or defence). The plan is now subject to the SEA procedure and has been sent to interministerial consultations. It was discussed in June by Interministerial working group on maritime policy, chaired by the Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. Bilateral meetings with key stakeholders are to be organised in summer 2017.

The zero version will be subject to international and national consultations. An international meeting will be held on 6th and 7th of November in Warsaw and the meeting for wide spectrum of Polish stakeholders on 4th of October 2017 in Slupsk.  Those consultations will give important foundations for preparation of the next version of the plan. First draft of full fledge plan (version no. 1) is expected in January 2018.

MSP legislation

The main legal act regarding maritime spatial planning is the “Act on sea areas of the Republic of Poland and the maritime administration” of March 21st 1991, which regulates planning of the sea space (amended in 2015 to implement Directive 2014/89/EU). The supporting law is “Ministerial regulation concerning maritime spatial plans of polish sea area." An important role for MSP is also played by the “Act on access to information on environment and its protection, public participation in environmental protection and on environmental impact assessment” which stipulates that all spatial plans are subject to the SEA procedure. The same stipulation is repated in the law on MSP.

National MSP authority

Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation
Katarzyna Krzywda

Director of Department of Maritime Economy
ul. Nowy Świat 6/12
00-400 Warszawa, Poland
Phone: +48 22 583 85 70


Maritime Office in Gdynia
Agnieszka Mostowiec
Officer for Maritime Spatial Planning
ul. Chrzanowskiego 10, 81-338 Gdynia, Poland
Phone: +48 58 355 34 37

Maritime Office in Słupsk
Ryszard Hamerski
Officer for Maritime Spatial Planning
Al. Sienkiewicza 18, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland
Phone: +48 59 848 19 93 internal 36

Maritime Office in Szczecin
Maciej Cehak
Officer for Maritime Spatial Planning
pl. Batorego 4, 70-207 Szczecin, Poland
Phone: +48 91 440 32 38



Last Update 05.06.2018