Maritime Safety & Sustainable Spatial and Regional Development: Implementation Manual


This report contains recommendations on how MSP needs to take into account coastal planning, ship routing, port development, offshore wind development, transnational infrastructure planning, places of refuge, Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas, MPAs as well as different EU Directives.

Sea Basin(s): 
Application in MSP: 
Unknown effect
Nature protection
Offshore renewable energy production
Submarine cables and pipelines
Type of Issue: 
Coexistence of uses
Land-sea interactions
Safety aspects
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Renewable Energy Directive
Trans-European Transport Network
Water Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer

What aspects related to maritime transportation have to be considered in MSP and how, in order to improve maritime safety?

Implementation context

The Manual “Maritime Safety and Sustainable Spatial and Regional Development” was developed in the scope of the BalticMaster project. At the time, MSP a very new policy instrument in the Baltic Sea and few MSP authorities had been designated

Aspects / Objectives

This manual aims to improve maritime safety by integrating local and regional perspectives concerning Marine Spatial Planning issues. More specifically, it intends to:

  • Offer both, information on maritime legislation with spatial relevance and to offer in- formation on aspects of spatial planning which are of relevance for maritime safety,
  • Describe the maritime safety relevance of several different planning fields, and
  • Provide for recommendations resulting from research and case studies carried out in the course of the project


Based on the findings from the project case studies, the manual shows the relation of sea uses and other MSP relevant policies to maritime spatial planning. Furthermore, it makes recommendations on how to consider these interlinkages in maritime spatial planning and/or national sectoral policy. For offshore wind energy production and transnational infrastructure, the Curonian Split and the Fehmarn Belt assessed as case studies.


The described interlinkages are relevant for other MSP contexts.

Responsible Entity

Maritime Institute Bremen

Costs / Funding Sources

The Baltic Master project was funded by the Baltic Sea Region Programme.