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Baltic route data sharing system initiated

Vissim and the Finnish Transport Agency, backed by the EU-funded EfficienSea2 project, have partnered on a digital route sharing mechanism to allow different VTS systems in the Baltic to efficiently share information.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Surveillance system manufacturer Vissim has been able to successfully integrate route data provided to the Finnish Transport Agency’s navigation service, ENSI (Enhanced Navigation Support Information), into its own vessel traffic monitoring system to facilitate the sharing process.

“Being able to integrate voyage information from a different route reporting scheme and distribute the information to all relevant actors along the route will make it possible to only report once per voyage,” explained Max Semenov, chief technical officer at Vissim.

ENSI allows ships in the Baltic Sea to share route plans and the mandatory reports required for their upcoming voyage, allowing them to receive automated feedback on safety issues, weather conditions, and other topics of interest.

Using the RTZ (route plan exchange) standard format for route exchange, the ENSI-system will now be able to share that data directly with professional monitoring systems and other authorities, while improving the effectiveness of communication with individual ships.

“Often, VTS and SRS centres will have route recommendations or restrictions based on drafts or safety hazards. With this integration they will have a much simpler time giving feedback,” said Mikko Klang, a consultant for the Finnish Transport Agency on ENSI-related issues.

While this integrated system applies directly to the Baltic Sea region covered by both ENSI and Vissim at the moment, in the longer term the EfficienSea2 project hopes to promote the use of a similar infrastructure on a global scale.{/mprestriction}

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