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ECDIS suppliers deliver 225 STM systems

Three of the industry’s largest ECDIS suppliers, Transas, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics and Adveto, have supplied the first Sea Traffic Management-compatible onboard equipment, with 225 such systems being made available to the EU-backed project.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The €43 million Sea Traffic Management (STM) Validation Project is currently working on demonstrating STM concepts in large-scale test beds in both the Nordic and Mediterranean Seas, encompassing around 300 vessels, 13 ports and five shore based service centres, as well as using the European Maritime Simulator Network.

More than 50 partners in 13 countries are working on the STM programme, which will run until 2018.

“We are pleased to assign contracts to these market leaders and fore-running vendors, who together with the project can take a lead in the future development,” said test manager Björn Andreasson of the Swedish Maritime Administration, which is leading the project.

The aim of STM is to introduce an infrastructure that will support maritime actors in providing and consuming services and data on a machine-to-machine basis, with more automated procedures than is possible today.

Supplied services being assessed during testing include route optimisation, monitoring, port call synchronisation, and ship to ship route exchange. The project is looking to work with 225 ships to test and validate Sea Traffic Management with the updated systems, which will be provided free-of-charge.

Participation will simply involve the ECDIS supplier doing the installation, and linking with existing on-board systems. Only minor software updates and marginal system modifications are likely to be needed, the project says.

“In Transas we strive to create and enable the connection of the dots in ship operations. Sea Traffic Management is in line with our vision as we want to show the industry how they can use technology to become more efficient,” said Frank Coles, CEO of Transas, one of the suppliers involved in the initiative.{/mprestriction}

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