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EfficientFlow finishes on high notes

EfficientFlow finishes on high notes

Published: June 10, 2021

Very few projects deliver results that are directly implemented in the real world. The Interreg Central Baltic project EfficientFlow did just that. At the final conference the results were presented along with how the port solution is being deployed in many Finnish ports and the ship solution is put to use in Sweden.

At the final conference June 4th, the EfficientFlow project members felt great pride and some even shed tears of joy. And here is why:

  • The outcome of the port part of the project is already being offered to ALL Finnish commercial ports through a solution provided by FinTraffic. Olli Soininen, Program manager at FinTraffic says: “ The benefits for all actors involved in the port call are obvious, so we decided to act to improve the process of maritime transportation in all of Finland”
  • When information is available, it will be used. It is impossible to predict how. One innovative way of using the shared information on ship arrival times happened in the Port of Gävle. Torbjörn Henriksson, Project Manager tells the story: “We have had a diving company doing major work in the harbor area. They set the new Port Activity App to send automatic notifications 30 minutes before ship arrival, which gave them plenty of time to get divers out of the water before having ships maneuvering nearby. Our solution designed to improve efficiency has suddenly become a safety device as well”
  • Pilots and VTS in the archipelagoes between Sweden and Finland have tried a solution that gives a much earlier heads-up for meetings in the narrow fairways. Pilots can adjust speed sooner and optimize the meeting points, choosing places where the fairway is relatively wide. Håkan Heurlin, Project Manager Swedish maritime Administration says: “We are now discussing how to move the solution into standard operations and analyze in which other areas in Sweden we should use it.”

The conference had almost 100 participants from 26 countries on all continents but Antarctica.

Presentation slides from the conference

Recording of the conference – review or share with a colleague

Video time
Welcome Anders Berg 0.57
PortFlow Heikki Koivisto 4.40
Port of Gävle App Torbjörn Henriksson 13.30
Port of Rauma Live demo Katja Kujala & Mikajuhani Numminen 25.03
App use in Finland Olli Soininen 35.05
Q&A PortFlow 45.09
Ship Flow Håkan Heurlin 1.05.22
Q&A ShipFlow 1.40.25
Conclusion Anders Berg 1.46.25

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