The sensitive Baltic Sea region has one of the highest shipping intensities in the world. Digitalisation and information Exchange between ships and ships2shore have the potential to increase safety and efficiency in the Baltic Sea making use of STM (Sea Traffic Management).
The sensitive Baltic Sea region has one of the highest shipping intensities in the world. There are many tanker ships and crossing traffic of passenger ships and narrow passages. shipping accidents happen and may in the worst-case scenario have an extreme impact on the environment. Measures in the field of safety of navigation are needed to reduce accident risks. There is a need to improve the exchange of information between ships and between ships and shore for increased situational awareness and as a catalyst for improved safety of navigation, optimized capacity utilization and just-in-time operations.
STM BALT SAFE (2019-2021) will contribute to increased safety of navigation in the Baltic Sea by providing Sea Traffic Management (STM) enabled maritime services to the tanker traffic in the Baltic. The project will address the recently amended HELCOM recommendations 34 E/2 “Further testing and development of the concept of exchange of voyage plans as well as other e-navigation solutions to enhance safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the Baltic Sea region”. Tanker ships will be made safer by making them STM compatible hence given the ability to send and receive voyage plans with other ships and with public authorities in Baltic Sea countries. By the STM BALT SAFE project, the institutional capacity of the public sector on supporting and developing safety of navigation services and efficiency of sustainable transport will be enhanced.
The primary aim of Work Package 6 is to analize and validate the use case of STM for tanker shipping, with major focus on safety of navigation. A serious approach to verification will contribute to ensure safe and successful adoption of any new technology and will also help securing expected benefits with respect to safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability.
STM BALT SAFE
Västra Götaland Region
Lead Workpackage Validation
Swedish Maritime Administration, Sjöfartsverket, Norwegian Coastal Administration, VTS Finland, Estonian Maritime Administration, DNV GL