Tallinn tie-up aims for smarter vessels

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter · 18 January 2019

A scientific collaboration put in place by Tallinn-based ferry operator Tallink Grupp and TalTech – the Tallinn University of Technology aims at developing various innovative solutions for the shop operator’s vessels over the next two years.

According to the two-year €100,000 cooperation agreement, signed by Member of the Management Board of Tallink Grupp, Lembit Kitter and the rector of TalTech, Jaak Aaviksoo, the focus of the collaboration will be on developing the so-called “Smart Car Deck” solutions, which would be aligned with the Smart Port solutions already in use today and would result in innovative technologies that would make the ships’ car decks and operations on the car decks more efficient.

The expected results of the Smart Car Deck project, among other things, are the increased efficiency of the operations of the ships’ hold, a decreased need for workforce for the loading and unloading of ships, enabling the workforce to be used for other specialist duties, and a reduction in the waiting time for embarking and disembarking the ships.

“The ports around the Baltic Sea have already developed or are currently developing several “Smart Port” solutions for easier vehicle check-in, for directing traffic in ports all of which has enabled the ports to make the processes involving vehicles automated and thus more efficient. The Port of Tallinn with its solutions is no doubt one of the pioneers for these solutions in the region. Our ships are important partners and customers of the Baltic Sea ports and therefore it is only logical that alongside the smart ports we must also create smart ships,” Paavo Nõgene, CEO of Tallink Grupp commented on the need for new technologies and development.

“Our ambition is to be a partner for and a pioneer in developing smart solutions for the shipping industry both here in the Baltic Sea region as well as globally. Our goal initially is to extend the Smart Port solutions used by Baltic Sea ports to the car decks on our vessels and I am certain that we will successfully develop such solutions over the next few years in partnership with TalTech,” Nõgene added.

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