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EfficientFlow project receives EU funding

7th December 2017 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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A new Sea Traffic Management (STM) project called EfficientFlow has received $5.3 million European Union (EU)funding from the Interreg Central Baltic programme.

The EfficientFlow project covers many aspects of STM in the ports of Rauma, Finland and Gävle, Sweden. It also covers STM-enabled traffic flow management for the vessels that sail through the archipelago between Sweden and Finland. The project will run from 2018 to 2020.

The EfficientFlow project is expected to reduce the need for manual information exchange and improve processes and practical application of new information and communication technologies tools. The goal is to increase situational awareness among operators in the ports and in the sea corridors, create more connected ports and flexible route planning and improve port-hinterland information exchange. It will also optimise port operations, improve just-in-time processes, save fuel, reduce waiting times, improve planning horizon and berth productivity, and increase flexibility in the case of unexpected events.

The risk of misunderstanding and misinterpretation of information will be reduced, contributing to the faster movement time of goods in the corridors. The results achieved from the project will be transferrable to other ports and countries in the Central Baltic area.

Project partners include the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Port of Rauma, Port of Gävle and the Finnish Transport Agency.

Magnus Sundström, head of research and innovation at the SMA, said: ‘We truly appreciate that the flow management part of the STM concept can be tested in a live test bed. Safety will increase even more when ships and VTS Turku work with STM-enabled tools. We also appreciate that STM will be further tested and implemented in ports in the Central Baltic Region.’

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