The goal of the AMINESS project is to promote shipping safety in the Aegean Sea through a web portal offering different levels of access to relevant stakeholders such as ship owners, policy makers, the scientific community and the general public. The portal will have three principle uses:

  • To suggest both vessel and environmentally optimal safe route planning for ships
  • To produce alerts for the possibility of a collision or grounding accident in real time with respect to potential human errors that affect ships trajectory or hazards associated to other ships, as a function of its location and planned route, its cargo and the meteorological/sea conditions.
  • To support policy recommendations, through analysis of historical data in short and long term periods that correlate safety with ship trajectories

The project will use historical and real-time spatiotemporal and marine data, including (a) information of vessel identity, position, speed and other relevant information such as ship cargo, provided by IMIS Hellas, through the AIS (Automatic Identification System) system that effectively covers all the Aegean sea, (b) on-line weather and sea forecasting, provided by DANAOS such as wave magnitudes and wind directions and (c) geographical information indicating the position of sea, land and sea bed depth, provided by DANAOS. The foreseen environmental risk assessment methodologies and tools will extend a mature risk management framework for ship on-board risks developed by DANAOS.
Through this web-portal, the project aims directly to reduce the risk of a ship collision or grounding accident and consequently to contribute in the protection of the Aegean Sea. At the same time, the web-portal aims to bring profit to the enterprise partners of the project, by proposing risk-reducing services to ship owners. The research partners will be given a unique opportunity to advance their methodologies for real-time handling and analysis of this particularly complex streaming data, resulting from its huge size and its heterogeneous and spatiotemporal structure. Any lessons learned from the analysis of the high risk ship traffic of the Aegean Sea are likely to have direct and immediate relevance to policy makers and stakeholders globally.



University of Piraeus
University of Aegean
IMIS Hellas