Press Release: The STM BALT SAFE project further improves tanker safety in the Baltic Sea by enabling route exchange on more tankers and providing digital VTS-services to them.
Wärtsilä Voyage won a contract to update the ECDIS on-board 50 tankers. “We believe that standardised information sharing is an important key to improve safety and efficiency in the shipping industry. STM makes sharing secure, interoperable and customer controlled.” – Torsten Büssow, Director, Wärtsilä Voyage
More than 400 ships already has the capability to share routes through their ECDIS. With focus on increasing tanker safety, the STM BALT SAFE project is signing up 50 tankers that frequently sail in the Baltic Sea, with Wärtsilä winning the contract. Cajsa Jersler Fransson, Ship Testbed Manager, says “Wärtsilä Voyage has the know-how, the installed base and the dedication to a more connected future. With installations happening this year, we will be able to analyze data from the interaction between ships and between ships and shore.”
The STM BALT SAFE project is piloting new operational services based on the Sea Traffic Management concept, STM. For example the Saab-based VTS in Estonia, the Navielektro-based VTS in Finland and the new VTS-system in Sweden will be able receive and send route plans to vessels, enabling services like route cross-check and risk situation alerts.
Information is transferred via AIS between ships. Between ships and shore, the data is shared through the Maritime Digital Infrastructure previously contracted to the non-profit industry consortium Navelink.