Wärtsilä Navi-Port enables just-in-time arrivals

Wärtsilä is one of the ISTLAB project’s most important collaborative partners. The company is continuously and actively working to develop intelligent shipping technology, such as making sea traffic more environmentally friendly. The Navi-Port system is an example of their development work.

Text: Sergey Plaksienko, Navi-Port Solution Manager, Wärtsilä Voyage  |  Photo: Wärtsilä Voyage

Navi-Port facilitates the communication of accurate arrival times between ports and ships, enabling vessels to automatically adjust their speed to achieve just-in-time arrivals. An analysis undertaken by the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for the Port of Rotterdam reveals that if all incoming container ships calling at the port in 2018 had known their Requested Time of Arrival (RTA) at the Pilot Boarding Point (PBP) 12 hours in advance - which Navi-Port has the capabilities to ensure, shipping emissions in those last 12 hours of the voyage could have been reduced by 4%. This amounts to a total of 134,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

According to the analyses extrapolated from publicly available data and from the GIA report, the five largest Finnish ports (Kilpilahti, Hamina-Kotka, Helsinki, Kokkola, Rauma) serve about 15 thousand cargo port calls annually. Based on this data, it is estimated that the installation of Wärtsilä Navi-Port could bring a reduction in CO2 emissions of around 473,000 tons a year at these ports.

ISTLAB in-brief

The aim of the project is to create a smart joint-use Intelligent Shipping Technology test Laboratory (ISTLAB), which will merge and consolidate the navigation simulator of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency’s bathymetric model of the Rauma deep-water fairway, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency’s smart buoy and sea current monitoring, the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute’s navigation system research and the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s survey of wave, sea level and ice conditions. The technology group Wärtsilä has delivered a navigation simulator and specific mathematical models.

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