The Norwegian Coastal Administration released the first iteration of an automated ship reporting service, marking a milestone for Kongsberg’s SESAME Solution II project.
The service is hosted on a test environment in SafeSeaNet Norway, the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s maritime single window, and was developed through the SESAME Solution II and STM BALTSAFE projects.
While the service supports only Mandatory Ship Reporting Systems (MRS) or SRS Reporting, other types of reporting, such as pre-arrival and FAL reporting, will be added later.
One of the main objectives in the SESAME project is to automate the reporting from ships as much as possible. The onshore technology solution must support that effort by providing all required information on what the ship needs to report and when,
…says Jarle Hauge, Principal Engineer at the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).
At present, 23 IMO mandatory ship reporting systems currently operate worldwide. These systems require vessels to report specific information by VHF at known points in established, IMO-adopted traffic separation schemes.
Part of the work done by the NCA in the SESAME Solution II project was to identify and document what kinds of services an MRS system should provide, namely a ‘Request and Respond Service’ (RRS) and a ‘Transmit & Receive Service’ (TRS). The reporting service developed by NCA for the SESAME Solution II project utilises both.
What is important from here on is that we harmonise around the IMO Reference Data Model as the standard for automated ship reporting. We see a real synergy between the IMO Data Model, automated ship reporting and Just-in-time Arrival services,
…says Todd Schuett, SESAME Solution II project manager at Kongsberg Norcontrol.
SESAME Solution II is owned and managed by Kongsberg Norcontrol, with project partners including Kongsberg Maritime, Kongsberg Seatex, Navtor, the University of South East Norway (USN), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF Ocean and the two Norwegian maritime authorities: the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Maritime Authority. SESAME Solution II is supported by MPA Singapore and receives funding from the Research Council of Norway.