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.
...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.