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.
...and what a year it has been!
BIMCO adopted a STM-clause for standard contracts, nine industry actors launched a new common governance initiative, the first shore centre outside a project joined the STM community and we received positive response from many of the around 200 active test ships and most of the 500 bridge officers who manned the simulator bridges during the STM test scenarios. On top of this we have arranged a successful STM Validation Project Final conference at IMO, London with 350 participants and two new STM implementation projects are up and running; EfficientFlow and Real Time Ferries.
“What motivates me is how we are going to make STM operational. In Barcelona our strategy is think BIG, act small. We will start with one of the smaller terminals before implementing it in the whole port, while working together with other European ports taking the STM path."
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, the United Nations´ agency for safety and security of shipping and prevention of pollution from ships, is looking forward to discuss Sea Traffic Management at the IMO.
On November 13, the Documentary Committee of BIMCO adopted a specific STM-clause developed to facilitate just-in-time port calls in commercial contracts. The clause is an instrument to contractually share benefits enabled by STM.
During the STM Validation Project Final Conference at the International Maritime Organization, IMO, in London November 13-14, the IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim expressed his support of STM: “STM goes hand in hand with IMO goals.” Newly appointed EU Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea, Professor Kurt Bodewig, and other EU officials said that STM is a pillar for the EU strategy and that the 20 million euro invested in the project is a good investment. At the conference representatives for nine industry actors also expressed their intention to take responsibility for the technical governance of the digital Maritime Service Infrastructure, developed within STM.