ANNA wants to support (system) integration in Maritime Single Window development:
  • within the participating countries (between the various services/administrations) and 
  • to allow for suitable communication between the national systems, including SSN, based on functional requirements to be further identified. 

The goal of the ANNA action is to facilitate and foster an effective and sustainable Maritime Single Window development that:

  • Allows smooth interaction of data between the user and national administrations involved;
  • Optimally meet the needs of the maritime industry;
  • Adheres to the Rule of Law;
  • Recognizes existing (partial) systems;
  • Safeguards the varying ambition levels of individual Member States;
  • Is future proof, i.e. substantially enhancing interconnection in the logistic chain on the long term.

The aim of the ANNA action is:

  1.  To create the conditions where the mandatory EU requirements for national Maritime Single Windows (MSW) are fulfilled in time and are compliant with IMO requirements. ANNA shall also develop a longer-term perspective to increase MSW efficiency in close co-operation with the European Commission.
  2. To support ICT based system integration in Maritime Single Window developments:
    • within the participating countries (between the various services/administrations); and, 
    • to allow for suitable communication between the national systems, including SSN, based on functional requirements to be further identified. 

The major objectives of the AnNa project are:

  1. Assist in the definition of minimum requirements to implement the Maritime Single Window including harmonisation and standardisation;
  2. Realise inventory of key characteristics of (existing and proposed) “national” Maritime Single Window solutions including (existing and proposed) links to other systems (e.g. SSN, Customs, Inland, …) per individual country and form consensus on the future scope of cooperation in order to meet the considerations and requirements as set out in the Directive 2010/65/EU with respect to “multilateral” harmonisation and standardisation, ultimately to secure the wider goals of the Maritime Single Window;
  3.  Develop a Master Plan in two strands reflecting the needs to meet the minimum requirements and anticipate on potential extended collaboration including further cooperation and harmonisation post-2015
  4. Identify particular issues requiring additional attention (e.g. legal, organisational, technical, …) to ease the efficient implementation;
  5. Initiate pilot activities to assess viability and confirm final scope;
  6. Scrutinise the national deployment of the Directive according to pre-established criteria;
  7. Identify pending legal, organisational and technical issues;
  8. Develop a roadmap setting out the short- (2012-2013), medium- (2013-2015), and long-term (2016-2020) steps to implementation and detailed work programmes for the specific issues/activities as required;
  9. Develop an interactive consultation with the various stakeholders also to further involve and commit them for a successful implementation;
  10. Establish an effective working relationship with the EC and stakeholder organisations.

The emphasis of ANNA is that it is initiated and coordinated by the EU Member States themselves and will reflect on the aspects identified as being of most benefit by them, i.e.:

  • Further enabling and securing reliable data;
  • Further enabling effective risk evaluation (pollution, health, etc.);
  • Simplifying procedures for users;
  •  Upgrading the present reporting requirements;
  • Facilitating port functionalities;
  • Reducing costs;
  • Identifying value for money investments;
  • Preparing for new challenges.

The work approach of ANNA is bottom-up work, whereby:

  1. An overarching European dimension – including minimum requirements - on what has to be done to implement the 2010/65/EU requirements will be developed (in close cooperation with the work of the EU eMS expert group) and presented within the Master Plan 2015;
  2. All participating countries present and compare their national implementation scheme;
  3.  Various pilot projects (with common nominators) are defined and executed;
  4. The results of the pilot projects are validated whether they allow for a successful implementation of the EU Directive 2010/65/EU;
  5. A Master Plan “Extended Collaboration” (post-2015) is designed to strengthen the European MSW position in the global supply chain and define possible projects to strengthen the interoperability of the European MSW, in accordance to EC policy documents. 

The focus of the proposed ANNA action plan centres on three parts, namely:

  1. Development of a Master Plan 2015: a common implementation framework for Directive 2010/65/EU to ensure appropriate (European) interconnectivity in accordance with the specifications as developed by the coordinating (eMS) expert group describing and elaborating the requirements to implement the Directive as well as communality issues between the countries. This Master Plan relates to issues concerning the minimum implementation of Directive 2010/65/EU whilst facilitating, where practicable, more advanced implementation, and thereby cooperation, by (some) Member States.
  2. Development and execution of (national) pilot projects: ultimately leading up to deployment in 2014. The pilot projects will be clustered amongst three categories with a focus on:
    • electronic data submission by the reporting party (the front desk);
    • the national (internal) solution (the mid office); and,
    • electronic data exchange between the participating countries including existing exchange mechanisms (the back office).
  3. Development of a Master Plan “Extended Collaboration”: identifying the next steps post-2015 requiring further collaboration, e.g. to develop a system that allows ships to report only once when sailing between different EU ports; connecting the Maritime Single Window to national logistics platforms, elaborating on e-Freight developments and other initiatives.