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Helsinki Commission adopts STM e-Navigation recommendation

The 39th meeting of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) in Brussels has thrown its support behind the Sea Traffic Management (STM) e-Navigation programme, recommending further testing of the systems developed by the project in the Baltic Sea.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}HELCOM adopted the revised Recommendation 34E/2 at the meeting, which calls for: ‘Further testing and development of the concept of exchange of Voyage Plans as well as other e-Navigation solutions to enhance safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the Baltic Sea Region’.

“The early results from e-Navigation and Sea Traffic Management projects indicate that this is the way forward. We look forward to seeing more results and concrete implementation in the Baltic, where almost 7 per cent of the world’s total goods volume is transported,” said Monika Stankiewicz, executive secretary of HELCOM.

The 34E/2 Recommendation includes further testing of services developed in areas like Maritime Safety Information, route optimisation, ice routeing, port call synchronisation and facilitated reporting. It also includes further refinement of standards to support the technical development of the project, working in cooperation with IMO and IALA and submitting common input papers to them.

HELCOM says it will additionally encourage Baltic governments to be active in upcoming tests and ask ships to use their voyage plan sharing capabilities to increase the size of the test base.

“This revision is a natural step forward from the last recommendation, which was more general in its nature. Now we have seen the outcomes and partial results of several e-Navigation projects in the Baltic Area: e.g. ENSI, MONALISA 2.0, EfficienSea II and STM Validation,” said Magnus Sundström, project manager of the STM Validation project.

“I believe that the next revision will have even stronger recommendations on implementation in the Baltic countries covering the whole Baltic Sea.”{/mprestriction}

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