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Norwegian e-navigation trial underway

MS Stavangerfjord MS Stavangerfjord

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has initiated the first full-scale trial of e-navigation in Norwegian waters, which will see the ferry MS Stavangerfjord digitally sharing its routing information with NCA via NAVTOR’s NavStation, a ‘digital chart table’.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The project focuses on the way NCA receives vessel data. Until now, ships had to contact the authority via maritime VHF radio to verbally communicate routing information before both departure and arrival. NCA could then update vessel navigators on traffic and advise of any necessary changes in speed or routing.

However, the set-up that has been created using the NavStation software gathers all the navigator’s information into a single interface so the authority and vessel can transfer information between them.

“Through the use of NavStation, both Stavangerfjord and the NCA’s shipping control centre in Kvitsøy, Rogaland, have access to identical digital chart information,” said Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, project development manager at NAVTOR.

“The vessel sends its sailing data automatically, eliminating any risk of communication misunderstandings, and the centre receives this accurate data instantaneously, allowing it to approve, or if necessary adjust, the route.”

“For the vessel it offers increased efficiency and a real simplicity of service, while the NCA gets the information it needs to effectively monitor and control traffic. This is a perfect demonstration of the ability of e-navigation, making life significantly easier, safer and more efficient for navigators and land-based decision makers.”

Stavangerfjord is owned by Norwegian shipping firm Fjordline and sails the Bergen-Stavanger-Hirtshals (Denmark)-Langesund return route. The trial is being undertaken in partnership with Kongsberg Maritime and subsidiary Kongsberg Norcontrol IT, which worked with NAVTOR to deliver the ship and shore-based software solutions.{/mprestriction}

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