Wärtsilä Voyage has upgraded the Croatian national vessel traffic management and information system (VTMIS) with its new sea traffic management (STM) functionality
This is the first STM installation in the Adriatic Sea and the Croatian Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure can now test the STM functionality throughout Croatian waters together with vessels which will also become STM-compliant as part of this contract.
The VTMIS STM server located in Rijeka, Croatia’s principal seaport, has fortified functionality owing to Wärtsilä’s Ship Traffic Control, to enable real-time ship-to-shore co-ordination that ensures traffic without congestion.
Traffic control will use Wärtsilä’s Navi-Harbour and Navi-Port digital platforms to improve the tracking and integration of targets and display navigational and situational awareness in any areas of interest, alarms and alerts, interfacing with the VTMIS vessel database.
“STM is a strong preliminary step towards the smart port; a port that uses digital solutions to overcome spatial constraints, pressure on productivity, fiscal limitations, safety and security risks. We’re very pleased with the outcome of this project and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Maritech Adriatic for their support as our distributor in this instance,” said Wärtsilä Voyage head of ship traffic control Dmitry Rostopshin.
Croatian Maritime Administration head of maritime traffic safety department Zdravko Seidel said “STM is a new paradigm in maritime safety. In Croatia, it can now be used as a powerful tool for space and time management, traffic organisation, search and rescue, just-in-time port co-ordination, early detection and elimination of safety risks, analysis of maritime traffic data, with a huge future potential in management of hybrid traffic (SOLAS and non-SOLAS).“
STM is a concept driven by the Swedish Maritime Administration and other stakeholders in the Baltic (and approved by the European Commission) to improve safety. It aims to define a set of systems and procedures to guide and monitor sea traffic in a manner similar to air traffic management.
This includes route optimisation services; ship-to-ship route exchange, enhanced monitoring, port call synchronisation and winter navigation. Stakeholders aim to fully deploy STM by 2030 to halve accidents, cut voyage costs and waiting times for vessel berthing and lower fuel consumption.
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