Intelligent Sea – Integrated digital services for efficient and safe maritime navigation
The project aims to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime fairways through digitalization. In the project, floating as well as land-based aids to navigation will be equipped with devices for remote monitoring and control as well as environmental sensors. The fairway data produced by the aids to navigation will be integrated with other fairway and port data by combining several, currently separate, data and control systems into a single digital service cloud. In addition, the project will pilot marine high-speed broadband networks and monitoring of sulphur emissions from maritime transport by utilising aids to navigation, and alternative energy sources for them.
The project partners are Meritaito, the Port of Stockholm and the Port of Naantali. The innovative new technologies of the project will be piloted in the ports. The project outcomes will be available and interoperable for several different end-users, such as other maritime and inland ports as well as authorities.
- Developing and piloting the InSea platform, which will integrate the currently separate control systems, port and fairway related data and the data coming from the navigational aids into a single digital service cloud. This will increase the safety of navigation as well as the efficiency of operations.
- Piloting a high-speed broadband network to operate in the fairway and port area, using floating platforms (i.e. network buoys) which will contribute to the connectivity and information flow between vessels, ports and other parties.
- Piloting alternative renewable energy sources for the smart buoys, thereby guaranteeing their self-sufficiency. Two technological solutions will be examined, namely seawater batteries and flexible solar panels.
- Piloting compliance monitoring of SOX emissions from ships on fairways by employing smart floating navigational buoys. Remotely operated sniffer stations will record the emissions of passing sea vessels and operate on a continuous basis. The data from the sniffers will help e.g. the Port State Control authorities to decide if there is a need for an on-board check or other port control actions.
The project Intelligent Sea has been awarded funding from Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
Improving safety through co-operation, training and communication in Baltic sea region ports – Hazard- project
HAZARD project aims at mitigating the effects of major accidents and emergencies in major multimodal seaports in the Baltic Sea Region.
The project enables better preparedness, co-ordination and communication, more efficient actions to reduce damages and loss of life in emergencies, and handling of post-emergency situations by improving implementation of safety and security standards and regulations, interoperability of resources, communication between key stakeholders, usage of risk analysis methods and adoption of new technologies. The types of safety and security emergency include, for example, leakages of hazardous materials, fires on passanger ships at port, oil spills in port areas as well as explosions of gases or chemicals.
Activities improving safety and security
Better preparedness through joint exercises, improved communication in emergencies, better compliance of regulatory frameworks, enhancing the use of risk assessment methods, faster adoption of state-of- the-art technologies.
This project provides a unique transnational learning platform, where Rescue Services and Seaports can evaluate and improve their procedures and practices in emergencies supported by strong knowledge partners. The direct exposure to Baltic Sea Regions peers will help Rescue Services and Seaports to enchance their knowledge of current practices, thereby strengthening their capabilities in various type of safety and security incidents.
Duration of this project is from 2016 to 2019. Lead partner for this project is University of Turku/Turku School of Economics.
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