Specific Objectives

The overall aim of NAVTRONIC will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

  • Comparing the accuracy and efficiency of different methods - both automatic and manual - for sea/ice state recognition in satellite, aircraft, ground based and ship sensor systems;

  • Developing a harmonized global reporting system for sea/ice state;

  • Improve sea route optimization and understanding the value of archiving observations in order to establish statistically robust information on sea/ice states in dominant shipping routes;

  • Developing and applying a methodology for determining the fraction of hazardous sea/ice states that are likely to cause ship incidents in environmentally sensitive coastlines and biological resources.

  • Deriving reliable, seasonal, sea/ice state indicators and statistics for the World Seas;

  • Evaluating the potential value of the near-real time support of satellite, airborne, ground and ship based sea/ice state observations for ship operations

  • Define a utility function combining speed, safety, environmental protection, minimum fuel consumption and just in time arrival for use in route optimisation, and integrate this with state-of-the-art hydrodynamics analysis of the specific ships

  • Define a quality function combining geophysical observational quality, temporal and spatial sampling density, and integrate this with (a) a ship’s sail plan and (b) a ship’s own geophysical observation.


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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