Virtual port services marketplace launched

Awake.AI of Finland has launched a new virtual marketplace for port services, allowing providers and users to interact, list, purchase and deliver a range of port services, both physical and digital.

The platform was developed as part of the Business Applications and Space Solutions (BASS) programme run by the European Space Agency (ESA) and allows port service providers to create and manage orders for various types of port services, whether they are connected to a vessel port call or not.

The first commercial customer for the Marketplace is Fintraffic, the body responsible for controlling and managing Finland’s land, air and sea traffic. The Marketplace’s buying functionalities will also be made available to the forthcoming European Maritime Single Window for Finland through API integrations.

“This has been an important collaboration for ESA and we are excited to see the impact of the new system as it is rolled out across multiple ports,” said Davide Coppola, Head of the Space Applications Initiatives Section at ESA.

“We are confident this new platform will be key in delivering the IMO’s new Maritime Single Window requirements and it has the potential to transform the management of port services trading in the future.”

A range of datasets are integrated into the platform to make the marketplace ‘smarter’, including satellite weather data, SAR data, vessel AIS data, satellite imagery, and GNSS positional data for port locations. Other non-satellite-based datasets include vessel images, vessel data, port areas, and port call data.

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