Round Table "Shipping"

at the Forum for the trilateral Wadden Sea Region

Introduction

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At present, the WSF with the support of the Wadden Sea Board (WSB) as political body of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation is going to establish a Round Table on shipping. It is envisaged to elaborate on advices about how shipping safety in the southern North Sea can be improved, considering the vulnerability of the Wadden Sea ecosystem, distinguished as World Heritage site.

In order to re-vitalise the consideration of the topic “shipping and ports” within the Wadden Sea Region the WSF is planning, in close cooperation with the Wadden Sea Team (consolidated green NGO’s of the Wadden Sea Region), to work on a strategic approach. Many projects and activities were and are conducted or running along the Wadden Sea Region. Many parts and pieces already exist, some have to be re-vitalised, whilst others have to be newly invented. To name only a few, for example risk management in vessel traffic [e.g. density of vessel traffic (see e.g. dlr.de/Sar-Ozeanog_Bild1.jpg) and their potential for incidents (see e.g. bsu-bund.de/Jahresberichte)], monitoring of ambient noise in the North Sea (northsearegion.eu/jomopans), on green shipping (see e.g. greenshipping-niedersachsen.de) or on green ports (see e.g. greenport.com). This very short list made clear, several items vibrating around or having very strong interrelations with the topic of “shipping and ports”. The WSF decided within its working units to work on a “Green Coastal Deal” for the Wadden Sea Region. Thus, “shipping and ports” is a very crucial topic.

Why are we working on this topic?

Shipping, harbour and port developments are important businesses along the Wadden Sea coast and contribute to the socio-economic welfare in the Wadden Sea Region. For a healthy future, these sectors should face necessary sustainable improvements, also to reach wide acceptance as growing economic branch. 

Despite the considerable progress made in the improvement of shipping safety and the environmental protection measures to minimise maritime pollution, shipping will continue to be a potential source of risk for the Wadden Sea and the adjacent coastline. Recent incidents like accidents, near collisions and the loss of cargo as well as offshore developments, increasing vessel traffic but also the responsibility for the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site require new attention and awareness from the shipping sector.

National and regional governments as well as the WSF with its stakeholders were made aware of increasing concerns of the society in the Wadden Sea Region about negative impacts by the shipping business. Also the members of the Wadden Sea Advisory Board in Lower Saxony and the Wadden Sea Councils in Schleswig-Holstein experienced in their sectors and municipalities an increasing concern and requested to take initiatives on improvements within the shipping business.

Round Table “Shipping” by the WSF

Therefore, the Wadden Sea Forum with the support of the Wadden Sea Board (WSB) as political body of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation is going to establish a Round Table on shipping. It is envisaged to elaborate on advices about how shipping safety in the southern North Sea can be improved, considering the vulnerability of the Wadden Sea ecosystem, distinguished as World Heritage Site. Fundament of the Round Table "Shipping" is the report on trilateral stakeholder analysis.

Report on stakeholder analysis

WSF Report  2020 RoundTable Shipping SafetyBased on an assignment of the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park Authority, the WSF prepared a stakeholder analysis report. On the one hand, this report is aiming at providing an almost complete overview on existing stakeholder groups and networks connected to the topic “shipping and ports”. On the other hand, it provides insights in the stakes, motivations and expectations of the identified stakeholder groups in order to better prepare participative schemes.

The report is divided into two main parts: i) stakeholder compilation and ii) description of stakeholders’ expectations. The first part provides an overview of identified stakeholders in the Wadden Sea Region with regard to “shipping and ports”. The first section describes shortly the different types of stakeholders and their general interests. Afterwards, a long-list of stakeholders is provided. The second part describes an insight in the expectations stakeholders have expressed either during bilateral interviews or by filling-in the online survey. Based on the results recommendations have been conducted, which are compiled in the last section of the second part.

Concluding, the report displays that more items have to be tackled than solely “shipping safety”. The WSB mandate to the WSF focusses on “shipping safety”. The variety of stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental) show a variety of expectations, interests and positions according to the broader topic of “shipping and ports”. The report shortly elaborated on those diverse aspects. It shows clearly that concentrating on “shipping safety” comes off second best. Further aspects have to be taken into account and to be dealt with in the TWSC sphere. Different approaches are “en route” (such as a Single Integrated Management Plan (SIMP), the Wadden Sea Team (WST) proposal), but a cohesive strategy is missing. Therefore, the WSF suggests that the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park Authority lobbies for the establishment of a network “shipping and ports” based on existing structures and approaches.

Moreover, the WSF is planning to work in close cooperation with the WST on the development of a joint strategic approach.

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final report of the project

Round Table "Shipping Safety" - Trilateral Stakeholder Analysis

WSF 2020, Final draft report

The Forum for the trilateral Wadden Sea Region was assigned to execute a comprehensive stakeholder investigation for the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park Authority.

Despite the considerable progress made in the improvement of shipping safety and the environmental protection measures to minimise maritime pollution, shipping will continue to be a potential source of risk for the Wadden Sea and the adjacent coastline. Recent incidents like accidents, near collisions and the loss of cargo as well as offshore developments, increasing vessel traffic but also the responsibility for the Wadden Sea World Heritage site require new attention and awareness from the shipping sector.

National and regional governments as well as the Wadden Sea Forum with its stakeholders were made aware of increasing concerns of the society of the Wadden Sea Region about negative impacts by the shipping business. Also the members of the Wadden Sea Advisory Board in Lower Saxony experienced in their sectors and municipalities an increasing concern and requested to take initiatives on improvements within the shipping business. ...

Download the final draft report.