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STM EfficientFlow

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EfficientFlow - Making STM Happen

In STM EfficientFlow, the Baltic ports of Rauma and Gävle implement efficient port calls using real-time information. Improved traffic flow converts unsafe waiting times into bunker savings for large ships in the narrow Swedish and Finnish archipelagos.

The key strategic STM enabler Flow Management is implemented and evaluated in real use and the enabler Port Collaborative Decision Making is made operational in two ports, perhaps the first in the world. EfficientFlow has a total budget of 4.5 million euro and runs from 2018-2020.

The project is organised in two work packages:

Port Flow Optimisation

The ports of Rauma and Gävle will each implement port collaboration solutions enabling coordinated port call planning among the port actors, helping each actor to optimise resource utilisation. The solution will also help synchronisation of the port call with the arriving ships and with hinterland operations.

The Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, SAMK, is leading the work package from their campus in Rauma. Commercial solutions for port collaborative decision making will be procured in Gävle and Rauma respectively. All actors in the port cluster will be involved and the container terminal operators Yilport and Europort see the value-add from the Project as a complement their investments in the physical infrastructure.

Ship Flow Optimisation

The flow management part of the project uses the shared real-time voyage plans from the Ro-Pax ferries and other traffic between Finland and Sweden for better timing at the many narrow passages where only one ship at a time can pass. The goal is to eliminate all waiting times at those passages, which is a safety risk in itself, and instead adjust speed to always arrive when those passages are free to use. This will definitely save bunker fuel and emissions and possibly reduce erosion.

The Swedish Maritime Administration, SMA, is leading the work package. The Swedish VTS in Södertälje and the Finnish VTS in Turku will support all ships with (or without) STM-enabled navigation systems.

Facts About EfficientFlow

  • Private, public and academic sector involved
  • 4.5 million euro budget
  • Central Baltic focus
  • Co-financed by the European Union
  • Starting March 1, 2018 and running till the end of October 2020
  • Other partners: Swedish Maritime Administration, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Port of Rauma, Port of Gävle
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For more information: www.efficientflow.eu

Mika Nyrhilä, Senior Specialist (VTS-systems and services)
Vessel Traffic Services Finland                
Tel: +358 50 3443 229
mika.nyrhila(at)vtsfinland.fi