Connecting Seas conference 13-14 February 2019


The North SEE and Baltic LINes maritime spatial planning conference ‘Connecting Seas’ took place on 13 – 14 February 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The joint INTERREG sister project conference focused on maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions and presented main findings and results elaborated in the projects.

The conference brought together more than 200 participants from the MSP community representing different ministries and authorities, stakeholders from the shipping, energy and environment sector, transnational organisations and initiatives, NGOs as well as research institutes from both North Sea and Baltic Sea regions.


9 interactive workshops introduced with the NorthSEE and BalticLINes project’s main findings, showcasing the major role of transnational cooperation in MSP. Workshop topics:

  • Energy Sector planning issues, criteria, tools
  • Shipping Sector planning issues, criteria, tools
  • Environmental Impact
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Other sea uses in MSP
  • Data in MSPs
  • Synergies and conflicts in MSP
  • Future trends and scenarios
  • Multi-level governance

Summary of the Connecting Seas conference

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Venue: Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg


13 February 2019

9:00 Registration


9:30 Welcome/opening

Dr. Karin Kammann-Klippstein, president of German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)

Dr. Michael Frehse, Head of Department H – Community – of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Jan Schmidt, Secretariat of Interreg Baltic Sea Region


10:00 Plenary Session

Introduction to the NorthSEE and Baltic LINes project results

Moderator: Stephen Jay

NorthSEE and Baltic LINes at a glance. Dr. Kai Trümpler, German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)

Shipping. Jeroen van Overloop, Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport, Belgium

Energy. Dr. Andronikos Kafas, Marine Scotland

Data. Manuel Frias, HELCOM Secretariat

Planning Criteria. Riku Varjopuro, Finnish Environment Institute

MSP Challenge2050. Harald Warmelink, Breda University of Applied Sciences


11:00 Coffee break


11:30 Inspirational talk about transnational cooperation in the North and Baltic Seas
Claudia Bode, Thing Collective


11:45 Guided MSP tour


13:00 Lunch break and exhibition of national MSPs


14:00 Workshop session:

Energy workshop

Data in MSP

Other sea uses in MSP


15:30 Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30 Workshop session:


Future scenarios

Multi-level governance


19:00 – 22:30 Evening activity and dinner

14 February 2019

8:45 Registration


9:15 Workshop session:

Conflicts and synergies


Stakeholder involvement


10:45 Coffee break


11:15 Concluding plenary

Moderator: Angela Schultz-Zehden

Visual artist: Christian Ridder


11:45 Plenary discussion panel

Lodewijk Abspoel, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands

Thomas Johansson, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

Alda Nikodemusa, VASAB Secretariat

Dr. Nico Nolte, German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)

Sine Olsson Heltberg, Danish Maritime Authority


13:00 Concluding remarks and end of conference

Juan Ronco Zapatero, DG Mare

Axel Kristiansen, Secretariat of Interreg North Sea Region

Dr. Kai Trümpler, German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)


14:30 Lunch