Maritime transportation is of vital importance to the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea area. During winter, ship navigation is challenging due to the presence of sea ice. Navigational accidents occur rather frequently. While these usually lead to minor consequences, there is a risk of serious accidents harming the marine environment. Consequently, regional and sub-regional policies highlight the need for developing preventive measures to improve the safety of navigation in ice conditions.
The BONUS STORMWINDS project aims to contribute science-based analyses and practice-oriented tool developments for enhancing maritime safety and accident response, during winter in the northern Baltic Sea. STORMWINDS is a BONUS - Science for a better future of the Baltic Seas region - project, equally funded by national and European means. The project has a life-time of 3 years and a total budget of 1.8 Mio EUR. Scientists and practitioners from four European countries and nine different partner institutions are involved.
Project coordinator: Aalto University, School of Engineering, Finland.
The role of Novia UAS: The role of Novia in the project is to assist Aalto University in Safety Management System development for VTS Finland focusing on winter navigation. The role of Novia is consultative providing information and insight as an official VTS operator trainer. Novia will also take part in developing e-Navigation methods for ship navigation and optimal route selection in complex, dynamic ice conditions in the Baltic Sea. These methods and algorithms will be tested and validated by creating different scenarios and executing voyages in Aboa Mare’s full-bridge simulators.
Project Consortium: Aalto University, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finnish Environmental Institute, University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, Institute of Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
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Novia University of Applied Sciences