Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sea Traffic Management - services and their benefits

Showing Sea Traffic Management services ships can use in the (near) future, and the benefits.
The STM project is a follow on from the E.U.-funded MONALISA 2.0 project. MONALISA 2.0 developed a system that will enable vessel route information to be shared between ships and centers on shore.

Using this data, other service providers will be able to offer advice to vessels, such as recommendations to avoid congestion in areas with high traffic, avoidance of environmentally sensitive areas, and maritime safety information.
The information exchange between vessel and ports is anticipated to improve planning and performance regarding arrivals, departures and turnaround times.

STM is developing the information technology platforms needed for this boost to voyage planning and traffic flow.
Test beds in Northern Europe and Mediterranean Sea will engage 300 vessels, 10 ports of different sizes and three shore centers.
These will validate the STM concept and pave the way for smooth deployment of new collaborative services.

The first MONALISA project, implemented in 2010-2013, showed that providing vessels with the ability to see each other’s planned routes gives navigators a more complete picture of how surrounding vessels will influence their onward voyage. 

From this picture, shore services are able to retrieve valuable information and offer advice to vessels on their routes, such as recommendations to avoid congestion in areas with high traffic, avoidance of environmentally sensitive areas and maritime safety information.
The STM Validation Project encompasses 39 partners (private, public and academic) from 13 countries and with a total budget of 43 million Euros ($45 million).
The project will run from 2015 to 2018.

M/S Validator is sailing from New York to Umeå, Sweden.
During her voyage she benefits from several STM services and interacts with a shore centre and the port.
The concrete use of services is demonstrated.

PortCDM Readied

The ports involved in STM have also made progress in defining information to exchange and share, developing connectors to allow automatic information exchange and setting up technical infrastructure.
The project will involve testing a new technology PortCDM to enhance coordination and facilitate just-in-time arrivals, increase predictability, berth productivity, punctuality, reduce waiting and anchoring times and boost resource utilization.
The major added value with PortCDM is the exchange of time stamp information between the ports and the ships.
This will facilitate just-in-time arrivals and contribute to eliminating idle times for resources connected to port call operations.
An example is when a pilot has to wait onboard a ship for the terminal to complete cargo operations because of a lack of accurate information.
By having accurate data on the departure, the pilot can arrive just-in-time for the assignment and thereby achieve enhanced resource utilization.

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