Inconvenient sea state and sea ice conditions are causing a number of incidents. One out of ten ships is having an incident due to a navigational error often associated with an inappropriate assessment of sea state or sea ice conditions. Even so, sea ice and sea state information tailored to a ship’s need is not widely accessible onboard the commercial shipping industry today. A general weather forecast from a national met office containing some few observations plus a general forecast is the most commonly used information source. There are a number of concerns by such a "static" method. One is that there is not a single contact point in order to acquire the information. The master will have to search for the information. Often the masters will find the information over internet, which secondly will typically have an unknown quality. Thirdly, the master will have to manually download the information before he can try understanding the information and its associated quality. Fourthly, the information might be in a format that is not intuitively well understood by the average master. The information will then finally (and eventually) be used in the master’s navigational planning. This process is demanding and sometimes omitted all together causing an unmotivated and unnecessary risk for the shipping safety.

Our goal is to develop a system to show appropriate near real-time sea state and sea ice observations directly within an integrated bridge system (IBS). If the information is integrated in the bridge’s route planning and maneuvering tool then the sea masters will be able to directly access and assess the sea state and the sea ice at all times when operating the ship. Intuitively well understood sea/ice state information will reduce the number of costly incidents (having human and environmental impacts).

Such a proposed system does not exist today and, to the knowledge of the consortium, there is not any other R&D activity matching this proposed activity.


Facts and figures

Over 90% of European external trade and 43% of internal is going by maritime transport.

Maritime companies belonging to European Union control one third of the world fleet.
Shipping is estimated to emit as high as 4.5% of total global CO2 emissions.
NAVTRONIC project is funded 3.58 Mio € funding from FP7 EC. The total budget is 5,394 Mio € and the duration 36 months.
Targeted impacts of NAVTRONIC project:
  • 90% accurancy in Estimated Time of arrival
  • 7% savings on fuel consumption
  • 7% savings of CO2, SOx and PM emissions
  • 15% extension of the service life of ships
  • 20% savings with respect to maintenance and inspection costs 





This project is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC.


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