In the STM BALT SAFE project, it is the first time we get to see a full-scale route exchange ship-VTS. Mikko Klang from Fintraffic sees the opportunities route exchange brings to the VTS: “We are about to make a cultural change!” After three days of simulations all participants were inspired by the possibilities route exchange bring. The VTS operators in the simulations agree with the safety aspect that the project is aiming for. It seems similar to AIS, which was created for safety but became so much more. It is not until you work with the tool you discover all the possibilities.
The judges for Seatrade Awards 2021 in association with Lloyd’s List has made the Port Activity Application for Port of Rauma and Gävle a finalist in the Port & Terminal Digital Technology Award category. This award recognises the development and / or application of innovative port and terminal technology that supports the achievement of specific goals. SAMK, the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, nominated the solution.
On the 25th and 27th of May the LISA Flagship held its first external workshops with stakeholders. In total 60 different stakeholders joined in and assisted us in paving the way forward.
What caught the eye of almost 300 people from 43 countries on all continents but Antarctica? The STM Conference 2021! It showed concrete results from several projects, revealed how far the work on standardization has come and discussed the importance of information sharing as an enabler for GHG-reducing just-in-time arrivals. The ecosystem provider, the non-profit consortium Navelink, also shared the offer to join one year for free, as long as you “bring something to the table”. Currently there are about 100 operational services in the ecosystem.
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.
Turning new functions based on route exchange between ship and shore into VTS know-how is assisted by new guidelines for "best practice". We call them STM VTS Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) which complement the existing VTS SOP in situations where the new STM-based information can be used.