The progress of STM and its alignment with IMO e-Navigation strategy was the focus when the STM project presented to the delegates of the IMO sub-committee NCSR February 21st. The warm reception indicates the ever-improving attitude to the STM ideas. And the message to the audience was clear: Get involved!
STM will work with the International Taskforce on Port Call Optimisation (ITPCO)
The Taskforce is a consortium of major shipping line and ports, working together on improving quality and availability of master and event data, which will deliver benefits to shipping lines, service providers, and terminals.
Matthais Pfeiffer and Adrian Ludwig (picture) are happy to participate in the STM simulator runs. “We want to support STM tests and enhance our own knowledge”.
The Winter Navigation Service came into use for the first time when “Baltic Bright” shared her Voyage Plan with the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA).
On August 29 2017, the “Star of Sawara” grounded in Danish Waters. Three months later this might not have happened, and had she had STM on-board, she would definately have been warned ahead!
The International e-Navigation Underway conference took place on-board the DFDS cruise ship “Pearl Seaways” voyaging between Copenhagen and Oslo January 24-26. This year the conference ship is part of the Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation project using e-Navigation solutions. Conference delegates visited the bridge to see the Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum ECDISPILOT send the ship’s Voyage Plan to the VTS in Norway, having a Kongsberg system, and to a shore centre in Sweden, using a Saab system, and receive current safety information back.
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Once upon a time in a land far far away a child was born. It was a cold and dark December night… A great story of something that was to change the world. The world of Shipping. The story of Sea Traffic Management. And since this specific story in some ways resembles of another very well known ditto we have for the sake of the written art dared borrowing the larger story´s form to illustrate the day when Sea Traffic Management was born December 22 in the year of 2011.
A new Sea Traffic Management (STM) project has received EU funding from the Interreg Central Baltic Programme. EfficientFlow covers many aspects of Sea Traffic Management in the ports of Rauma, Finland and Gävle, Sweden, as well as STM-enabled traffic flow management for the many large ferries that sail through the archipelago between Sweden and Finland. The project will run 2018-2020 with a budget of EUR 4.5 million.
At the Fathom Smart Ships Awards November 29, STM won the Digital Enabler Award. The judges were looking for a nomination that demonstrated a desire to bring shipping and technology forms together in a neutral but potentially positive way. With successful demonstrations behind it, the STM Validation project was a worthy winner in a tough category.
During November the first STM-baseline simulations in the European Maritime Simulator Network took place. 28 bridges were manned with professional mariners from all over Europe and they interacted in two scenarios taking place in the Southern Baltic and the English Channel.
STM Senior Adviser Gurpreet Singhota visited IMO Headquarters and paid a call to Secretary General Kitack Lim. There was time for a short brief on STM, the STM Validation project and the Final Conference in London next year.
Port Collaborative Decision Making, PortCDM, a concept within STM, is nominated for optimizing the planning process for ports by communicating with the vessel involved, hinterland actors and other ports. This enables all parties to perform transparent and just-in-time operations, reduce waiting time and utilize assets better.
Over 200 participants joined STM to view the latest developments and demos. How do you summarise 24 busy hours, full of networking, demos, presentations, discussions and inspiration? We let the participants speak for themselves in a video!
Sea Traffic Management (STM) aims at creating a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly maritime sector. While introducing new functionalities by STM services, such as ship-to-ship route exchange, we also need to consider cyber security risks. Such security-related questions include, for example, how to ensure the service user is allowed to use the service. Or how to ensure that messages or data have been received by the intended receiver… and nobody else!
Sea Traffic Management can be described as developing the base and backbone of e-navigation in the future. To realise that prediction, advanced technical solutions are required as well as considerable communication efforts and business understanding to convince decision-makers that STM is the way forward. Fabio Renda at CIMNE, ICT project manager and software engineer, has been a leading figure in the technical architecture. He also possesses the ability to communicate the advanced technical solutions in a comprehensive and illustrative manner. Meet Fabio for a deeper understanding of STM and some surprising comparisons.
147 projects applied; 34 were deemed Best Practice. The STM Validation project is one of 12 nominated for the European Public Sector Award 2017 (EPSA), one of only four in the European and national category.
The European Maritime Simulator Network EMSN, a part of the Sea Traffic Management Validation Project, is now recruiting professional mariners who will participate in simulation exercises with up to 30 manned bridges from all over Europe.
John Saunders, bridge simulator expert: I fully understand the need for close collaboration between all actors involved in the berthing and movements chain and this project is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the development of streamlining that process to make it more efficient.
Johan Jonsson, Captain onboard M/S TRANSPAPER, when he first tried out the electronic exchange of route to his ECDIS; “Hey it works!”
EU wants to establish an STM programme similar to the coordination practice in the aviation sector. Malaysia has started STM projects during the current year. Korea aims to merge its Smart navigation initiative, focussing on non-SOLAS vessels, e.g. fishing and workboats, with the STM SOLAS-oriented work.
The first Sea Traffic Management (STM) compatible bridge systems have been installed, connecting ships with shore-based services and actors. All available functions work flawlessly, including route optimization and synchronised port calls, as well as sending and receiving route segments ship-to- ship. The ships equipped are “Stena Germanica” and two rescue units from the Swedish Sea Rescue Society ( SSRS), “Rescue Märta Collin” and “Rescue 11-00”.
Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Tarifa is one of the first shore centres updated to be fully compatible with Sea Traffic Management (STM). It is ready to send and receive voyage plans and add value to STM compatible ships.
Jaco Voorspuij, Maritime Expert at GS1: This conceptual model is so powerful that it shows a lot of promise in terms of it also being used as the reference model for past and future events in other modes of transport and even warehouse and terminal operations.
Michael Bergmann is the President of Comité International Radio-Maritime, CIRM, which is the principal international association for marine electronics companies, who bring individual companies together into a powerful collective body with an influential voice.
CIRM is one of the nine original international bodies accredited in 1961 as a non-governmental organisation in consultative status to the International Maritime Organization, IMO.
Sub-project Manager Cajsa Jersler Fransson, Swedish Maritime Administration:
"What I love about this is that I as a mariner am taking part in a new paradigm. I can see where it is taking us!"
The European Maritime Simulator Network (EMSN) will be used to validate the STM concepts and services. While running a technical test to control all connections and validate two of the scenarios, it was suddenly realized that STM were running the largest civil simulation test ever. With 29 manned bridges in 10 centres.
The STM Validation project has made the first operational tests between ship and shore centre manufacturers. The key to the interoperability between different systems is the robust underlying infrastructure. The standardised information exchange mechanism makes it possible for actors to connect seamlessly at the first attempt and without any discussions on formats, interfaces or communication means.
Valenciaport Foundation is currently developing a new tool referred to as VESSL (Valenciaport European Short-sea Shipping Lines Database). VESSL features information about all the regular lines that call at any core and/or comprehensive port of the Trans-European Transport Network in the EU, including the Norwegian ports incorporated in the STM Validation Project.
For a Search and Rescue unit (SRU) it is crucial to receive correct information in time. Sea Traffic Management makes it possible to transmit search area and search information using S124 for areas and RTZ for routes directly into the navigational equipment instead of over the radio. This is a faster way of communicating and makes the search and rescue (SAR) more efficient.
In the following, we deal with how Analysis and Evaluation are prepared while the test beds are being settled. Until then, the information environment is being built in line with the hypotheses’ logical structure, while the processing tools are being developed and the KPIs defined. Calculations regarding efficiency, safety and environmental sustainability will contribute to STM validation among other key issues included in the approach. eal
Building on the strategy issued by IMO for 2017 - connecting Ships and Ports - the STM validation project is proud to announce the establishment of an international PortCDM Council. Highly inspired by the airport CDM Council, the PortCDM Council with its global reach, aims to establish the necessary overarching guidelines, processes and procedures to make STM and its PortCDM a successful international concept to improve maritime transport in terms of port operations and ports interaction with ships.
STM Validation has released its second film which premiered in Oslo at the Integration Workshop in the beginning of March. The film describes STM more from the onboard and shore-based users, showing the STM Services in practice.
All challenges resolved...
… not really - but during the Integration Workshop and Developer Forum, organized in Oslo in early March, we got closer to realising the vision of Sea Traffic Management.
Many accidents at sea are caused by human factors. Sea Traffic Management (STM) services aims to reduce this number, and - by measuring human performance and observing traffic safety and efficiency patterns - we know exactly how. Simulations will help to understand how people interact with technology in order to reduce the number of accidents caused by human factors.
The STM Validation Project is about to reach an important milestone, by the technical integration of maritime information services. A technical integration workshop and developer forum will be held in Oslo to bring together developers, shore centres, ECDIS manufacturers and service providers.
A second procurement has now been finalised and we welcome Furuno onboard the STM ship. Furuno will provide 43 ships with Sea Traffic Management-compatible onboard systems. Together with systems from other ECDIS suppliers (Transas, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics and Adveto) and systems in the Winter- and SAR- testbeds, thus the STM Validation Project has reached its goal of 300 ships.
The main objective of PortCDM is to enhance coordination among port call actors. By sharing their time stamp data related to port calls, information will be available for actors to utilize in real time. This will facilitate just-in-time arrivals, increase predictability, berth productivity, punctuality, reduce waiting and anchoring times and boost resource utilization. Moreover, the number of phone calls will be significantly reduced, resulting in reduced administrative burden. In the STM Validation Project, the PortCDM concept will be tested and validated in 13 ports throughout Europe.
Sea Traffic Management (STM) was the number one popular choice when the SMART4SEA Innovation Award was presented on 31 January in Athens. The industry believes in the benefit coming from improved services in a digitised and standardised maritime world. This was reflected in the vote for STM.
YOU can improve future maritime safety by adding your expertise to the Maritime Safety Index survey. In it, you will judge different traffic situations that may occur at sea.
Rick Watson, University of Georgia, finds similarities between the containerization of goods and STM, the current ongoing containerization of information. “The seed innovation does not make the big difference. It is the standards and the follow on innovations fashioning a whole new infrastructure that really creates the value.”
Dr Meixian Song at the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton is investigating the legal aspects of Sea Traffic Management within a team led by Prof Mikis Tsimplis and including Mr. Spiros Papadas, Prof. Ajit Shenoi, Prof. Filippo Lorenzon, Dr. Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon and Prof James Davey. By evaluating the legal implications of STM, challenges can be identified and overcome before STM gains practical application, thereby avoiding potential disputes in the legal domain. STM got to interview Dr Song about her views on the legal challenges for the STM concept and potential solutions to these issues.
During 2016, STM assigned three leading ECDIS suppliers to provide 225 STM-compatible onboard systems. The goal of the project is to validate the services on 300 ships, hence 300 systems are preferable and therefore a new procurement has been opened. Apart from reaching the desired number of ships and systems, the goal of the 2.0 procurement is to get one more ECDIS manufacturer onboard to further test the interoperability between various systems and providers.
The Port Collaborative Decision Making concept, PortCDM, was defined as part of Sea Traffic Management in the MONALISA 2.0 project. By introducing PortCDM, port call performance is expected to increase by enhanced coordination ability among port call actors involved and thereby reduce the turnaround time. This is based on systematic sharing of standardized time stamps in the current system environment within the port as well as with shipping lines, other ports, and hinterland actors. Now the KPIs for Predictability and Punctuality have been defined in detail, which will help ports measure improvements and perform benchmarks with peers.
Cyprus, a major shipping nation, has pulled together and is pushing e-Navigation forward in many respects. To tell us about this, STM managed to get an interview with Socrates Theodossiou, Chairman of the e-Navigation Working Group of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber(CSC). Socrates is the Joint Managing Director and owner of Tototheo Group with HQ in Limassol, Cyprus. He is highly active in the international shipping community together with his wife and Joint Managing Director, Despina Panayiotou-Theodossiou.
Rimorchiatori Napoletani organized within STM Validation Project, an "Open day" aimed at presenting the new innovative Tug Giano in operation in the port of Naples.
The European Maritime Simulator Network (EMSN) allows simulators of different brands at various sites to be connected. Joint exercises can be performed by people in different countries in real time. In October the EMSN was used for the first time for joint training in Search and Rescue (SAR) among professionals from different organisations and students, from three Nordic countries.
The price will be awarded to an organization that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed in any innovation fostering smart shipping. Sea Traffic Management and the previous project MONALISA 2 have been nominated, with the winner determined by an open online voting procedure.
STM Validation Project has now released its first film, with premiere in Berlin for 130 persons working with the project. The film describes the services developed in the project and the advantages of participation. It will be used to recruit the 300 ships in the Nordic region and Mediterranean that will start using the services as part of, probably, the worlds’ largest ever maritime test.
In pace with the development and testing of the Sea Traffic Management solutions, a top priority is interoperability among different systems, ship and shore-side actors, architectures and services. To ensure this, a Developers’ Forum has been established to raise and discuss technical matters in the area to ensure seamless communication among different systems.
Welcome to Venice, September 12-13, 2017 for the STM Midterm conference. Results and progress from, probably, the world´s largest e-navigation project involving 300 ships and 13 ports will be shared. Take the chance to extend your personal maritime network and, perhaps, even influence the future.
Valenciaport Foundation presented the STM Validation Project in the 10th International Forum of Maritime and Port Safety. This tenth edition of the International Forum organized by Red PBIP Mexico was hold in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) from 15th to 17th November. Its main goal was to review port and shipping safety aspects, as well as exchange information and successful experiences related to the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code implementation.
A secure information exchange, which protects the ownership of information end ensures that only authorized persons and systems receive the provided information, is crucial for the acceptance by service providers and service users and thus the success of STM. The Maritime Service Infrastructure that is developed within the STM Validation project is supposed to enable service discovery as well as secure information exchange based on the principles of the SeaSWIM (System-Wide Information Management) concept. By creating a standard interface to the Maritime Service Infrastructure, the so-called SeaSWIM connector, the actual complexity of the infrastructure is hidden, ensuring simple access and use for both service providers and service user.
Now linesmen and other port actors will be able to send information instantly to PortCDM directly from their mobile phones or tablets. The APP, designed and developed by Valenciaport Foundation, has been released to assist mooring companies in PortCDM. It will soon be modified and adapted to include other port operators such as tugs, pilots, security, agents and even icebreaking services.
Three leading ECDIS-suppliers, Transas, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics and Adveto, will provide the first Sea Traffic Management-compatible on-board systems. Supplied services during the test include route optimisation, monitoring, port call synchronisation, ship to ship route exchange and many more. Fuel can be saved, port call efficiency increased and accident risk reduced.
“In Transas we strive to create and enable the connection of the dots in ship operations. Sea Traffic Management is in line with our vision as we want to show the industry how they can use technology to become more efficient” comments Frank Coles, Transas CEO
The Norwegian Minister of Transport Ketil Solvik-Olsen logged in and officially inaugurated the Port of Stavanger test bed. All actors involved in port calls share time stamps for planned and actual actions, thus helping each other to the most efficient operations possible during the call. It is collaborative decision making at its best and named PortCDM. Here together with Merete Eik, CEO of Port of Stavanger in front the Britannia, the first ship in test bed and also the venue of the launch event. Thank you, P&O Cruises for welcoming us on board! (Photo: Stein Roger Fossmo)
The three STM presentations were well received at the IALA-VTS Symposium. One reflection is that, things we said a couples of years ago, that were deemed controversial then, are now widely accepted. The questions we receive are rather along the line “When can we have this?”. A trend is also an accepting attitude towards traffic management where the shore side has an active role. The last reflection is that the concept of STM is not alone anymore. Initiatives across the world are trying to make VTS integrate better with the ships. Coordination is needed in order to have a global information sharing standard.
Maritime EU-coordinator Brian Simpson enjoyed working part-time in the STM stand during TEN-T Days. And Sea Traffic Management was also a pillar in the strategic plan he presented during the event.
More ports can now connect to the Sea Traffic Management (STM) community by using a small selection of the standard messages, to share and receive estimated time of arrival (ETA) and actual time of departure (ATD) with other ports.
Reading out waypoints of an ice-route over VHF can easily be a source of misunderstanding. Sea Traffic Management aims to increase safety, and winter navigation is one important area for this. This spring the very first ice-route was sent directly from the Swedish icebreaker Frej to the Ro-Ro ship Transpaper using the on-board electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS). This illustrates how STM can lead the way for future winter navigation.
After much hard work, STM is about to take a significant step forward, from concept to real-life implementation. The services have now been made more concrete and defined in detail to allow interoperability between different systems. Thanks to valuable input from all involved parties, suppliers and other projects, we are ready to move forward with harmonised global deployment of e-navigation as defined by IMO. Once the procurement process is complete in the autumn, 300 ships will receive top-of-the-line STM services, such as route optimisation and monitoring tools, from leading suppliers for testing over the coming years.
The STM validation project would like to meet YOU to find out your thoughts, feedback and ideas. Meet us at the IALA VTS Symposium starting 8th August in Kuala Lumpur. The project will also be present at SMM in the Fraunhofer stand, in Hamburg 6th - 9th September, and in the IALA ENAV committee in Paris, 19th - 23rd September.
At the third visit of Sea Traffic Management (STM) to the European Maritime Day(EMD), focus was set on the personal meetings. The stand served as a catalyst for many of these, but also participation as active audience in key seminars were used to establish some new valuable contacts.
Sea Traffic Management presented at the third Motorways of the Sea (MoS) Forum that was Held at the EU premises in Brussels. The event gathered more than 60 invited people, that met to discuss Safety and the Human Element. The meeting concluded the series of MoS Fora dedicated to the MoS priorities and gave important contributions for the development of the Deep Implementation Plan, (DIP) that will be presented to the EU Parliament on the 15th of June.
Thinking that STM was already in Place, a ship-hull painting company wanted to monitor where their paints were used and how they fared in different waters. A fleet maintenance firm directly saw potential to complement their portfolio and meet recent customer demand. And there was a ship administration company who wanted to know where they could register their services.
The Confederation of European Shipmasters’ Associations, CESMA, held their annual meeting at the Irish Institute of Master Mariners (IIMM) at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork May 12-13. Captain Ulf Svedberg of the STM Validation project was invited to speak about the project as well as about the safety and business benefits of STM.
The MONALISA2.0 project has delivered an exciting vision and a well-defined concept over how shipping can be turned in to a more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly transport mode through Sea Traffic Management (STM). Now we also have a well-defined route description how to get there - The STM Master Plan.