During SESAME Solution II's final quarter, tests were conducted at the Haugesund VTS testbed and Dover CNIS, as well as on the MV Polarlys vessel.
The Dover CNIS testbed consists of a Kongsberg Management Information System that includes the automated electronic ship reporting service developed in Work Package 1. Ship reports were successfully sent from the Navtor Navstation and successfully received by the ship reporting service.
The tests with the Haugesund VTS testbed and MV Polarlys were likewise successful, with integrated route file exchange between the KM K-Bridge system and KNC VTS using S-421 format via Navelink. Navelink is a commercial instance of the Maritime Connectivity Platform, which is a communications platform developed specifically to facilitate the exchange of e-navigation data. In the Haugesund-Polarlys test, MSI data using S-124 format was sent from VTS via Navelink, as well as the use of a message service (SMS) between ship and VTS via Navelink. In addition, planned routes were exchanged with the Navtor Navstation.
The tests were all successful and represent a very positive conclusion to the SESAME Solution II project.
The services and technologies developed in the SESAME Solution II project will become part of the operational framework for autonomous ships (MASS), as well as the ship reporting services provided by the Norwegian Coastal Administration. Other coastal administrations are anticipated to adopt the same ship reporting services for their mandatory ship reporting systems.
SESAME II seeks to further revolutionize ship traffic management (STM) by expanding upon the testbed developed in the previous SESAME Straits project, which established a platform through which ship and shore operators could collaborate on arrival slot, optimal transit speed, and decision support in order to improve traffic flow through and make better use of port resources.
Based on the results of the previous project, SESAME II will expand the testbed by introducing new e-navigation services such as:
-Automated electronic ship reporting,
-Just-in-time arrival slot management linked to tug, pilot and berth services, and
-Route monitoring, route optimization, weather routing and pilot route services
The anticipated result of these new services will be:
-Improved shared situational awareness,
-Reduced pollution due to increased safety and efficiency, and
-Reduced administrative burden (reduced workload).
A Human Centric Design approach shall be utilized throughout the technology development work packages in order to ensure the highest degree of usability and that the technology benefits the users in the intended manner.
The project anticipates the following results and products:
-Standard format or formats to be used for electronic ship reporting,
-Understanding of the potential effects of automated electronic ship reporting on the administrative burden of ship and shore operators,
-Understanding of the benefits vs. costs of implementing e-navigation services onboard and ashore,
-Ship system for the automated sending of electronic ship reports,
-Shore system for receiving electronic ship reports,
-Just-in-time arrival shore system linked to three port services,
-At least 5 new e-navigation services on ship and/or shore systems,
-Harmonized display of navigational info. received via communications equipment prototype, and
-Productified VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) technology