The STM Validation project has successfully installed the first Sea Traffic Management (STM) compatible bridge systems, connecting ships with shore based services and actors.
The ships equipped include the ropax ‘Stena Germanica’ and two rescue units from Swedish Sea Rescue Society ( SSRS).
The route message format used, developed as a part of the STM Validation project, is transmitted to other ships over ordinary AIS, improving the common situational awareness.
The officer of the watch will see up to seven route segments of other ships, allowing him or her to predict meeting points, determine the closest point of approach (CPA), the time it will happen and at an early stage identify and avoid close situations.
It will be very useful for ships in narrow channels and fairways with limited manoeuvrability, STM said.
‘Stena Germanica’, while on route from Gothenburg to Kiel, automatically shared her route with the two rescue vessels and at the same time received their routes and displayed them on her ECDIS.
Anders Rydlinger, Director for Ship Solutions at Transas, said: “Through information sharing between ship and shore using the Maritime Cloud/ SeaSWIM infrastructure, we are creating a cohesive community, which enables better communications and joined-up decision making. This leads to higher operational standards, greater environmental performance, increased efficiency and improved safety record.”