First Time on Board – STM Ship Systems

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The pictures are displays on “Stena Germanica” outbound from Gothenburg. They show two AIS targets: ‘RS 1100’ on portside and ‘RS Marta Collin’ on starboard side. Left picture is the normal presentation of own ship, monitored route and the two AIS targets. Right picture includes STM-functions. It also shows the two routes from the AIS targets. The STM ECDIS predict intersection points between ships route and CPA. A short blue perpendicular line indicates where ‘RS 1000’ will be on her route when “Stena Germanica” will be in the intersection point blue circle. The two small blue dots on the routes represent the CPA position of the two ships. The intersection point and CPA position displayed for ‘RS Marta Collin’ is in a different colour – red. Source: http://stmvalidation.eu

On 22nd August, STM announced that the first Sea Traffic Management (STM) compatible bridge systems, connecting ships with shore based services and actors was installed by the STM Validation project.

The ships equipped are Stena Germanic and Rescue Märta Collin and Rescue 11-00, two rescue units from Swedish Sea Rescue Society ( SSRS).

They went on to report that all the available functions were working flawlessly, including route optimization and synchronised port calls, as well as sending and receiving route segments ship to ship.

Anders Rydlinger, Director for Ship Solutions at Transas, digital, innovative solutions company, 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.”

Lars Littke, SSRS volunteer and Coxswain at ‘Märta Collin’ stated, “During the tests, the routes were planned in advance and sent to the rescue units. This route sharing operation is very simple with the STM infrastructure and can be useful in real rescue operations. The capability to broadcast and share transport- and entry-routes into an area as well as routes for search patterns is a great improvement. It will simplify communication, make SAR-operations more efficient and hopefully save more lives.”

The STM test beds will include 300 ships, 13 ports and at least 5 shore centres.