EUREKA! Harmonized and modernized maritime safety services in the Adriatic and Ionian seas
EUREKA is a project involving the countries on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The main goal is to raise the level of maritime safety in the region by introducing systematic cooperation and coordination among maritime administrations. Some of the goals are simplified ship reporting to ADRIREP, harmonization and standardization of VTS procedures and services, joint VTSO training, and implementation of Sea Traffic Management.
“Comprehensive and overall maritime safety in Adriatic and Ionian Region can be achieved only through wider cooperation among all countries in the region. Digital technologies have a great potential to contribute maritime safety. Efforts to create a sustainable growth of maritime economy and tourism should be aligned with development of public maritime safety services. We are convinced that these objectives can be achieved precisely thru this project, which is a milestone contribution to a safer, cleaner and more secure Adriatic-Ionian Region,” stated Mr Zdravko Seidel, Head of Maritime Traffic Safety Department of Croatian Maritime Administration and Project Manager of the Croatian Project partner.
INTERREG ADRION project EUREKA officially started on 1st December 2020. Total financial allocation is 3.1M EUR and durability of 30 months.
The Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure is a Lead Partner along with the project partners represented by the Maritime Administrations from Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania, together with Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka, University of Montenegro, and Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina as Associated partner.
The project is fully harmonized with the objectives of the EUSAIR Strategy and the accompanying Action Plan with the aim of raising the level of maritime safety in the Adriatic-Ionian Region by introducing systematic cooperation and coordination among maritime administrations.
For the Adriatic-Ionian countries, it is a project of strategic importance for improving maritime safety, which will be ensured through key project activities related to the establishment of a Permanent Regional Transnational Network, with thematic working groups related to maritime safety. Furthermore, the project will deliver the modernization of mandatory ship reporting system ADRIREP, through the proposal of new IMO Resolution and new simplified reporting solution, harmonization and standardization of VTS procedures and services, joint VTSO training, and implementation of the Sea Traffic Management system among project partners.