Directive 2009/17/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 amending Directive 2002/59/EC establishing a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system was published on the 28th of May 2009. The Directive amends Directive 2002/59 which established a Community vessel traffic monitoring and information system. The amendments are in response to changes in technology and are intended to better coordinate the exchange of information by member states via SafeSeaNet. The Directive comes into force on the 31st of May 2009. Its provisions must be implemented by the 30th of November 2010.