Baltic LINes


Baltic LINes seeks to increase transnational coherence of shipping routes and energy corridors in Maritime Spatial Plans (MSPs) in the Baltic Sea Region. By doing so the project contributes directly to this region’s policy ambition to encourage MSP in all Member States, and to encourage a common approach for cross-border cooperation. This prevents cross-border mismatches and secures transnational connectivity as well as efficient use of Baltic Sea space. Baltic LINes is possible thanks to the financial support from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme of the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).

Project tasks and results

  1. To carry out a structured and coordinated involvement process with relevant national/transnational stakeholders
  2. To find out about requirements for MSP of the shipping and energy sector and their spatial implications (considering forecasted economic, environmental as well as technological developments at sea and on land)
  3. To visualize gathered information in scenarios with the help of the MSP Challenge, a computer-supported simulation game based on accurate data and sectors’ feedback, to support maritime spatial planners to understand the diverse challenges of sustainable planning of human activities in the marine and coastal ecosystem
  4. To improve access to relevant transnational MSP data needed for making spatial allocations for shipping and energy users in MSP by piloting the first ever BSR MSP data infrastructure
  5. To set up planning solutions applicable for national Maritime Spatial Plans to support transnational coherence of linear infrastructures
  6. To develop recommendations for a BSR agreement on transboundary consultations on linear infrastructures with in the MSP process

Our role

The Academy for Digital Entertainment (ADE) of NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences is a full partner in this project. ADE is responsible for designing and developing the MSP Challenge simulation game concerning the BSR, as well as facilitating its application, all with the aim of developing insights befitting the project aims and thus Maritime Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region (see task 3). We therefore work closely with all Baltic LINes partners to define the right requirements and ensure that the simulation game fulfills them. Multiple MSP Challenge sessions are planned to help develop insightful future scenarios and useful planning solutions for particularly the shipping and energy sectors. More information about MSP Challenge is available on its own website.