The Sea for Value programme, run by Finnish tech ecosystem DIMECC to promote the development of autonomous maritime transport, is to launch a SMARTER (Smart Terminals) project in March, which will see new digital processes introduced at the ports of Turku and Helsinki.
SMARTER will focus on digitalising harbour operations and aims to create easily reproducible systems for passenger and freight terminals that can be adopted on a wider basis.
One of the goals is to make ship port calls more efficient so that CO2 emissions can be reduced by shortening turnaround times. The project aims to achieve this by providing accurate information on the ship’s arrival time to all stakeholders, for example providing real time updates to trucks arriving at the port so they can more accurately schedule their arrivals and routes.
“It is essential to our operations that traffic flows in the port can be managed smoothly and safely amidst other functions and structures of the city. Improving the efficiency of the use of the port area through digitalisation and automation is also important,” said Erik Söderholm, CEO of the Port of Turku.
Finnlines will also take part in the project and will work on the use of technology to optimise loading to match the capacity of new vessels operating from Naantali to Kapellskär.
“Our focus in the SMARTER project is to look for solutions on how we can make better use of the available port area so that loading and unloading of truck and passenger traffic is efficient,” said Kimmo Kostia, Head of Group IT Hardware, Finnlines.
“We strive to develop modern, digital solutions for efficient and flexible control of freight and passenger flows. Our aim is to improve customer experience as well as improve efficiency and sustainability for us and our customers.”
SMARTER is the second project in the Sea for Value programme. The first project, Fairway, was initiated in 2020 and focuses on smart waterways and remote piloting. The goal of this second project is to continue the digital journey from the fairway into the port and hinterland transport network.
“(The) SMARTER project raises the level of digitalisation in the whole supply chain. Connecting various parts and data sharing increases the automation, effectiveness, and environmental friendliness of the whole chain,” said Jukka Merenluoto, Senior Ecosystem Lead of the One Sea ecosystem.