Sea Surveillance Cooperation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS)
SUCBAS is a cornerstone for sea surveillance information exchange and co-operation within the Baltic Sea area and its approaches. The aim of the co-operation is to enhance Maritime Situational Awareness benefiting maritime safety, security, environmental and law enforcement activities in the region by sharing relevant maritime data, information and knowledge between the participants.
Realising that the Baltic nations have similar obligations and challenges often are of a border crossing nature, the SUBAS cooperation secure that the scarce resources available are utilised in the most efficient manner.
The SUCBAS cooperation comprises Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, and the initiative is lead by the navies of these countries.
In recognition of the fact that responsibility for of maritime surveillance, maritime safety, maritime security, the maritime environment and maritime law enforcement are implemented differently in each country, SUCBAS information can be shared among national governmental institutions with a maritime responsibility regardless if these are civil or military at the discretion.
SUCBAS has it’s origin in the Surveillance Co-operation Finland- Sweden (SUCFIS) that commenced during the beginning of the 3rd millennium. The spirit of SUCFIS is that that multinational co-operation is considered the best way to ensure efficient Maritime Situational Awareness.
In 2008 an initiative was taken by the two SUCFIS countries to enlarge the co-operation to encompass all countries around the Baltic Sea and in September the same year a seminar was hosted at the Berga Castle in Sweden on that very subject. The seminar was attended by most North European countries.
On the 4th of March 2009, during the first SUCBAS Conference hosted by Finland at the House of Estates in Helsinki, the countries Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Lithuania signed the SUCBAS Letter of Intent. On 30th March 2009 the Sea Surveillance Cooperation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS) was officially founded in a signature ceremony in the German Fleet Headquarter, Gluecksburg, Germany.
Building upon the spirit and lessons learned from SUCFIS, SUCBAS commenced operations on the 2nd of April 2009, and on the 24th of September 2009 the SUCBAS co-operation was joined by Poland and Latvia.
During the first time of SUCBAS operations, sharing of information was confined to manual exchange of reports only, but since then all eight SUCBAS countries have now implemented automated solutions to support establishment of sustainable multinational Maritime Situational Awareness.
Sea Surveillance Cooperation Baltic Sea aims at improving the information exchange between Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and therefore enhance the Maritime Security Environment in being beneficial to the Martime Safety, Security, Environmental and Economic matters by sharing knowledge in sea surveillance between the relevant authorities of the participating nations.
The concept is based on the technical approach of interfaction existing sources and procedures using common standards and distribution principles with a design having low impact on the autonomous national systems. By sharing services depending on national an international agreements, laws an regulations with priority given to locally and nationally available track history, notifications and alerts from well managed and sustainable data bases will enhance the individual nation Recognized Picture (RMP).