The Port of Turku, City of Turku, Tallink Silja Oy and Viking Line Abp (partner of RealTimeFerries Project) signed in autumn 2018 a strategic letter of intent on a joint objective for the development of the port area in Turku. The goal is to develop the strong passenger, cargo and cruise traffic operations in the area in such a way that the reforms will have a positive effect on the port and generate significant added value to tourism. Through co-operation between different parties a unique maritime district will be created in the Turku passenger harbour where passenger and cargo transports as well as business operations and a residential area will develop side by side.
"M/T Astoria" saves bunker and reduce emissions. The bridge team saves time and gains accuracy. Astoria achieves these benefits by using STM to share her voyage plans with the Winter Navigation Service. She receives an ice route and integrates the ice route into an updated voyage plan. Using STM simplifies working life onboard and reduces shipping company costs..
"Sea Traffic Management has the potential to make Just-In-Time operations in shipping in a worldwide perspective possible, which is a key factor in achieving the IMO goals on greenhouse gas reductions. The economic benefits by saving the bunkers will be shared by means of using the new STM clause in the BIMCO standard contracts."
The MCC governs the standards relating to the Maritime Connectivity Platform, a key component in the infrastructure used by STM. The consortium agreement was signed February 8, 2019.
Autonomous and remote controlled ships might be a story for the future, but for Rolls-Royce that future is right nearby. One major question concerns safety. Route optimization through Sea Traffic Management, STM, might be a part of the solution. Anssi Lappalainen, R&D Project Manager at Remote and Autonomous Projects, Ship Intelligence at Rolls-Royce tells us more.
Kurt Bodewig, European Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea within the European Commission believes that Sea Traffic Management (STM), can be important in building up commercially more efficient trans-European transport corridors.