STM project to help operational efficiency

Port of Rauma The Port of Rauma in Finland is expected to benefit from improved safety and efficiency as part of the STM project. Image courtesy of Port of Rauma

A new Sea Traffic Management (STM) project will help improve safety and efficiency in the ports of Rauma and Gävle.

The EfficientFlow project aims to implement STM and integrate it into the full logistics chain to contribute to more efficient traffic flow and reduced emissions in the Finnish and Sweden ports as well as in the ScanMed corridor between Stockholm and Turku, where large ferries operate.

Heikki Koivisto, Master Mariner and maritime expert from Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, one of the project partners alongside the ports of Rauma and Gävle, said: “The Rauma-Gävle connection is an important trade route and the traffic is increasing due to deepening of the both fairways and investments on the container terminals. Making the ports share information seamlessly will help operations becoming more efficient and more predictable.”

Improved processes

Results of the 2018-2020 EU-funded EUR4.5m project are anticipated to include less manual information exchange; improved processes and practical application of new ICT tools leading to increased situational awareness among the actors in the ports and at sea in the corridors; connected ports and more flexible route planning; and improved port-hinterland information exchange.

The project is also expected to achieve well-coordinated, faster and more optimized port operations; improved just-in-time processes, saved fuel, less waiting times, improved planning horizon, improved berth productivity and increased flexibility in case of non-expected events.

As a result, it is believed ships will adjust speed to arrive just-in-time, making maritime transport more energy efficient and reducing emissions (CO2) as well as providing a positive impact on erosion and safety and socio-economic benefits to the corridors.

Other project partners include the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Finnish Transport Agency.

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