The main objective of the Action is to validate the target concept of Sea Traffic Management (STM), which has been defined and elaborated within MONALISA 2.0, project previously funded by TEN-T. Sea Traffic Management aims to overcome many of the challenges of communication and information sharing between stakeholders in the maritime transport industry and create significant added value as a result in particular for ship- and cargo owners and for shipping in the transport chain.
The Action is part of a global Sea Traffic Management Project. With MONALISA and MONALISA 2.0 projects, significant steps have been taken in bringing advancements in technology and innovation into the maritime sector for the future Sea Traffic Management, creating a more sustainable shipping industry, reduced environmental impacts and improved safety and efficiency. In the first MONALISA project, the first concept development for route exchange and route optimisation has been carried out and in MONALISA 2.0 a definition phase of Sea Traffic Management (STM) was completed with very positive results. The STM Vision and strategic objectives have been defined within MONALISA 2.0, jointly with a complete system of Key Performance Indicators oriented to measure the progressive STM implementation within the maritime industry. A Common Technical Protocol for route exchange has also been elaborated within MONALISA 2.0 and is in the phase of international standardisation. This is an important achievement and a pre-requisite for further development and deployment of Sea Traffic Management.
In the STM Validation Project, the theoretical definition work carried out in MONALISA 2.0 will be taken into practice by establishing large-scale test beds for Sea Traffic Management in the Nordic region and in the Mediterranean Sea. In these test beds, Voyage Management, Flow Management and Port Collaborative Decision Making (Port CDM) will be tested and validated in practice. An infastructure for the information exchange in the test beds will also be set up. The Action will also refine and develop the existing analyses on the effects on charter parties, the legal and liability aspects, operational aspects such as usability and cyber security, as well as provide an cost benefit analysis with compelling business cases for affected parties.
The Action strongly supports the development of e-Navigation within the international organisations IMO and IALA, the e-Maritime concept and the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum, established by the European Commission, as well as the implementation of HELCOM Recommendation no. 34E/2 "Further testing and developing the concept of pro-active route planning as well as other e-navigation solutions to enhance safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the Baltic Sea Region".