AI system to assist in St Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes traffic management

St Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway (GLS) have agreed a deal to deploy a new Voyage Information System (VIS) from Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS) to enhance joint management of the bi-national waterways between Canada and the US.

GSTS will provide predictions for the VIS through OCIANA, its AI-powered SaaS platform for ports, shipping lines, pilotage authorities, civil agencies and border security organisations.

The software will use information from the Seaway Traffic Management System and GSTS data streams to create a predictability model to forecast vessel ETAs, with the aim of assisting port operators in managing of voyages and optimising lockage schedules.

OCIANA is designed to incorporate the Locks System Rules, ensuring that all vessel movements adhere to safety and operational guidelines while adjusting for the impact of dynamic events stretching from the Atlantic approaches to the Great Lakes, to improve throughput and reduce delays.

“This project will demonstrate OCIANA’s capability to provide unparalleled planning and optimisation in a highly dynamic environment impacted by multiple geographic, operational and environmental factors,” said Richard Kolacz, Chief Executive Officer, GSTS.

“This (contract) award continues to illustrate the versatility of OCIANA in facilitating enhancements to maritime safety, security and supply chain resilience globally.”

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