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Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers (GR0043)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Greece National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Open Data, Private Sector

IRM Review

IRM Report: Greece Mid-Term Report 2016-2018, Greece End-of-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Context: Currently, a very important e-government project is being held by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy. This project includes the development of a variety of electronic applications, which are going to cover both operational and administrative needs. More specifically, one of the systems being developed concerns the electronic registration of ships, boats and small vessels and is going to create a large source of relative information for the respective registers. This information could be then used to export reports and statistical data that will be really useful to the interested citizens and businesses. Commitment Description The commitment is regarding disposal of open data sets for the maritime sector. The main restrictions for the disposal of these data sets in open form are the technical implementation and the readiness of the engaged Authorities . The data sets that will be provided in open and editable form through the central portal data.gov.gr and our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr), mainly include per sector: Ship/Company Register:  Total number of ships that are subjected to the Article 13 of the Law 2687/53  Total number of foreign maritime companies that maintain licensed offices installed in Greece, according to Article 25 of the Law 27/75  Total number of registered maritime companies that are subjected to the Law 959/79 Fishing Fleet Data:  Names of fishing vessels  Categories of fishing vessels per Port Authority Seafarer Register:  Total number of active seafarers OGP Values: Access to public information Implementation Bodies: Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Objective: The goal is to distribute the aforementioned data sets as open data through the central portal data.gov.gr and our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr). Means for the implementation: The commitment will be fulfilled by the implementation of the respective electronic registers. Moreover, our resources could be utilized for internal software development, if needed.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 12, 13 and 14: Commitments on Maritime Affairs

Commitment 12: Geospatial Maritime Data

The commitment is regarding disposal of geographical information for maritime area planning and design concerning the maritime sector. The main restrictions for the availability of these data sets in open form are the technical implementations and the readiness of the engaged authorities. The data sets that will be provided in open and editable form through the central portal data.gov.gr, our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr) and also the geographical information platform, mainly include per sector:

  • Borders for fishing activity, Borders for fishing activity per Port Authority,
  • General Port Regulations and Special Port Regulations.

The goal is the distribution of the aforementioned data sets as open data through the central portal data.gov.gr, our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr) and also the relative geographical information platform.

Responsible Institution(s): Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

Supporting Institution(s): none

Start Date:  July 2016 End Date: June 2017

Commitment 13: Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers

The commitment is regarding disposal of open data sets for the maritime sector. The main restrictions for the availability of these data sets in open form are the technical implementation and the readiness of the engaged Authorities. The data sets that will be provided in open and editable form through the central portal data.gov.gr and our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr), mainly include per sector:

  • Ship/Company Register: Total number of ships that are subjected to the Article 13 of the Law 2687/53, Total number of foreign maritime companies that maintain licensed offices installed in Greece, according to Article 25 of the Law 27/75, Total number of registered maritime companies that are subjected to the Law 959/79;
  • Fishing Fleet Data: Names of fishing vessels, Categories of fishing vessels per Port Authority;
  • Seafarer Register: Total number of active seafarers.

The goal is to distribute the aforementioned data sets as open data through the central portal data.gov.gr and our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr).

Responsible Institution(s): Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

Supporting Institution(s): none

Start Date:  July 2016 End Date: December 2017

Commitment 14: Marine and Maritime Activity

 

The commitment is regarding disposal of open data sets for the maritime sector. The main restrictions for the disposal of these data sets in open form are the technical implementation and the readiness of the engaged Authorities. The data sets that will be provided in open and editable form through the central portal data.gov.gr and our websites (www.hcg.gr, http://www.yna.gov.gr), mainly include per sector:

  • Ship Inspection: Certificates on certain ship categories, Categories of seaworthiness certificates;
  • Statistical Data for Ridership, Statistical data for transported passengers and vehicles; Statistical Data for Passenger Complaints;
  • Licenses – Certificates: Statistical data for licenses and certificates concerning the Port Police
  • Analysis of Pollution Incidents, Statistical data for sea pollution incidents and how they were confronted;
  • Data for Fishing Activity: Data for fines on fishing offenses (total amount of money, days of license removal etc.), Number of fishing licenses issued per category; Statistical Data for Incidents managed by the Operations Center or the Search and Rescue Center.

Responsible Institution(s): Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy

Supporting Institution(s): none

Start Date:  July 2016 End Date: December 2017

Editorial Note: The action plan text has been abridged by IRM. For full version, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/greece-national-action-plan-2016-2018/

Did It Open Government?

Commitment 12. Geospatial maritime data

Access to Information: Marginal

This commitment attempted to address the problem of a lack of openly available geospatial data in maritime affairs. Much of the geospatial maritime data exists within the Ministry but has not been published in open data format, which would allow re-use of these key datasets. Under this commitment, the Ministry published datasets that define the borders within which fishing is permitted and prohibited for some port authorities. Also, the government started to systematically publish port regulations. Nikolas Leontopoulos, an investigative journalist, expressed that there is a small change in government practice especially as far as administrative culture on releasing data is concerned.[Note 141: Nikolas Leontopoulos, investigative journalist with Investigate Europe, interview with IRM researchers, Athens, October 2018.] According to Mr. Leontopoulos, this change is a result of international peer pressure from EU institutions, country lenders and OGP.[Note 142: Ibid.]

Commitments 13 & 14. Ship/company and seafarer registers/ Marine and maritime activity

Access to Information: Did Not Change

Commitments 13 and 14 aimed at releasing specific datasets regarding ship company registers and fishing activity in the hope that their availability would have a positive impact in managing maritime affairs information and decision making, as well as environment protection. However, due to delays in the development of IT systems the release of all datasets under these commitments is still pending and thus there is no change in government practice.

Carried Forward?

There has been no indication from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs[Note 143: Lieutenant Commander Ioannis Margaronis, telephone interview with IRM researcher, July 2018.] that the commitments will continue in some form. The IRM researchers suggested in the midterm report that data opened by the Ministry could also cover more high-value areas. This would include employment records (distinguishing between ferryboats, Greek-owned Greek flag, and Greek-owned foreign flagged) and ownership records (flag and ship registers, company register), similar to the more comprehensive maritime data lists maintained by Cyprus.[Note 144: Cyprus National Open Data Portal Maritime data, archived website version via the Wayback Machine,  https://goo.gl/FcrKCZ ] The government could also move towards data harmonization with broader European standardized formats, such as the Dutch-led Automatic Identification System which allows the tracking of ships, their emissions, navigation lanes, and economic activity.


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