BLAST marks one year of transnational cooperation

One year after the BLAST project was officially launched, the work is progressing well and milestones have been achieved, in accordance with the project plans.

– All BLAST project groups are delivering interesting results. Some of these results are available for download on the BLAST website, explains project manager of BLAST, Roy Mellum.


During the first phase of the project, a considerable amount of time was spent on specifications and user surveys. The next phase will emphasise building dialogue with other initiatives like INSPIRE and central organisations such as the International Hydrographic Organisation, the International Maritime Organisation and the European Maritime Safety Agency. In addition, the cooperation with projects like SUSCOD, C-Scope and iKyst will continue and hopefully be extended to other projects.

The work on the Marine Data Collection System will be completed within the next six months. In the same period, BLAST will deliver a harmonised version of S-57 data which has been made available by the hydrographic offices taking part in the project. A detailed 3D model of the Port of Zeebrugge will also be completed and tested onboard a vessel in spring 2011 for its suitability as a navigational aid.


– The BLAST project has attracted attention among professionals in various fields. The first BLAST conference, for example, attracted participants from the East Atlantic Hydrographic commission. We have also been contacted by a variety of companies and organisations that are interested in becoming BLAST partners. The BLAST project will not expand the formal partnership further, but will encounter all opportunities for transnational cooperation and cohesion at other levels, says Mellum.

BLAST kicked-off  in October 2009 with 15 partners and one sub-partner, and its membership is drawn from six countries around the North Sea. A new Dutch partner was confirmed in June 2010.

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