March 5, 2009

Seminar: “The Sea Surveillance Co-operation Baltic Sea”

The Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Sweden and the International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS) organised a presentation of the initiative “The Sea Surveillance Co-Operation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS)” on 11th of March 2009 at the Embassy of Finland, Kohtu 4, Toompea.

The Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Sweden and the International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS) organised a presentation of the initiative “The Sea Surveillance Co-Operation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS)” on 11th of March 2009 at the Embassy of Finland, Kohtu 4, Toompea.

The Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Sweden and the International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS) organised a presentation of the initiative “The Sea Surveillance Co-Operation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS)” on 11th of March 2009 at the Embassy of Finland, Kohtu 4, Toompea.
The initiative was presented by Commander Pasi Staff from Finland’s Navy Command.
The seminar was co-chaired by Ambassadors Jaakko Kalela, Jan Palmstierna and the Deputy Director of the ICDS, Ms. Riina Kaljurand.
Background information:
The Letter of Intent for the project was signed on the 4th of March in Helsinki. The signatory nations were Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden. Finland and Sweden were the initiators of this co-operation.
The result of the co-operation will be a shared maritime situational awareness of the Baltic Sea and its approaches that will help nations to improve maritime security, for example regarding emergencies at sea, border control, crime prevention and environmental protection.
The aim of the co-operation, which has the working name Sea Surveillance Co-operation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS), is to establish a multinational, interagency exchange of sea surveillance information in the Baltic Sea and its approaches. 
The practical aim of the co-operation is to develop a concept, a technical solution and procedures to generate a robust and cost-effective system to share Sea Surveillance Information. Information fed into the system will be a national responsibility, and as such will be owned by the contributing nation. 
The sea surveillance co-operation will be accomplished with arrangements that will make it possible to identify threats and avoid incidents that might jeopardise general maritime safety, security and the environment. This co-operation will require capabilities to locate and identify targets, and to pass on acquired information to the respective party in order to aid the recipient in taking the actions required to minimise or avert the risks of incidents. This aim should be fulfilled by exchanging information between nations, thus assisting in the compilation of the national recognised maritime picture of each participating nation. 
Commander Pasi Staff is the co-ordinator of the SUCBAS and will be able to provide the very latest information on the project’s development.

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