What new things will be tested?
“Messages between ship and shore using the new standardised Route Exchange format will be used to test enhanced monitoring and detection of route deviations. This will also give shore side actors the possibility to check ships’ routes and improve route optimisation services. Currently, there is a bandwidth restriction for the direct exchange of routes between ships by AIS communication. This means we need to develop a message format that will be the base for a new international standard.”
What is the goal of this activity?
Björn explains. “We will validate and prove the concept defined in the MONALISA 2.0 project. And we’ll do this with real ships having real navigation systems doing real things, supported by multi-vendor STM functionalities. Some examples include communication with VTS centres, icebreakers, and SAR/MRCCs using STM in existing services. And we want to uncover any missing pieces in the concept. Reality is the best test bed for theories,” Björn adds smiling.
What are the benefits for the maritime industry & transport chain?
“We are helping the industry move from prototypes to off-the-shelf products by standardising information formats with involvement and support from the manufacturers. We believe that ship owners engaging in the test beds will gain greater understanding of STM and thereby be able to make informed decisions once the industry solutions come to market. This will give them a competitive advantage.”
Voyage Managment in short:
Voyage Management services will support individual ships in both the planning process and during a voyage, including route planning, route exchange, and route optimisation services. Voyage Management will be validated in two test beds, one in the Mediterranean and one in the Nordic region. In the latter, STM services will focus on testing more efficient winter navigation and crisis management (ie. Search and Rescue).
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Source: Sea Traffic Management