Advanced straits e-navigation system to be developed

Singapore: Kongsberg Norcontrol IT will lead a three-year project called SESAME Straits (Secure, Efficient and Safe maritime traffic Management in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore), which aims to create solutions to significantly improve the safety and efficiency of ship navigation across the world.

An important test-bed for IMO’s e-Navigation implementation strategy, the objective of the SESAME Straits Project is to develop and validate a concept for a next generation Ship Traffic Management System (STMS) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

Partly funded by the Research Council of Norway, through its Marine and Offshore (MAROFF) fund, the NOK23m SESAME Straits project is the first project to be delivered under the international Straits e-navigation Alliance. The Kongsberg Norcontrol IT-owned project will receive input and guidance from the Straits e-navigation Alliance High Level Advisory Board (HLAB) who met in London on the May 16. The HLAB includes governmental members from Singapore, Norway, Malaysia and Indonesia and experts from important maritime organizations such as IMO, IHO, IALA, ICS, BIMCO, CIRM, IEC, and the Research Council of Norway. The HLAB is co-chaired by Norway and Singapore.

Siddi Wouters, Chief Technology Officer and Project Manager for SESAME Straits at Kongsberg Norcontrol IT, said: “Inherent in the project goal is to develop a used digital communication infrastructure for exchanging information between ship and shore. The used infrastructure utilises emerging used possibilities, including the VHF Digital Exchange System over terrestrial and potentially over satellite links as well as the e-Navigation S-100 framework for data exchange. This will be a critical enabling factor for the whole e-Navigation concept.”

Captain M. Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, commented: “This project is a demonstration of the close co-operation among the littoral states and stakeholders of SOMS, all coming together with a common goal of enhancing navigational safety and protection of the marine environment in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). The MPA is pleased to be able to participate and contribute to this useful initiative.”  [17/06/14]

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