Some background for how we got here, and why
A broad range of international actors have collaborated over several years to realize e-navigation concepts and developments. The Straits e-Navigation Alliance High Level Advisory Board (SENA HLAB), composed of the national authorities of Singapore, Norway, Indonesia and Malaysia as well as leading international e-navigation stakeholders, including IMO, IHO, IALA, ICS, BIMCO and CIRM has been a highly important actor in the international enavigation effort. The SENA HLAB develops and implements innovative e-navigation and traffic management strategies with the goal of making these strategies a reality via a number of national projects over the next 10-15 years.
SESAME Straits was the first national e-navigation project under the auspices of the SENA HLAB. SESAME Solution II builds on the test bed developed in the previous SESAME Straits project.
The SESAME Consortium continues to be led by Kongsberg Norcontrol, which also provides shore-based maritime domain awareness solutions. Kongsberg Maritime and Navtor are responsible for shipborne technology. The terrestrial and satellite VHF Data Exchange System of Kongsberg Seatex provides communication. The governmental authorities of Kystverket and Sjøfartsdirektoratet represent the end-users of the technology and provide testbed locations. And the project is completed with a world-class research team that includes the University of South East Norway, the Western Norway University of Applied Science, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and SINTEF Ocean.
A key aspect of the SESAME projects is international cooperation. SESAME Solution II falls under an MoU between Norway and Singapore. The project aims to cooperate internationally by establishing testbeds in Norway and other countries throughout the world.
The SESAME technology will also be interoperable with other e-navigation projects, such as the ongoing STM Validation project, which will conceivably extend the test bed in Europe, Asia and Australia.
“Solution II” refers to the IMO e-navigation Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), which identifies five solutions, the second being automated electronic ship to shore reporting. The automation of ship to shore reporting, as well as automation of other e-navigation services, is a key aspect of this project.
As e-navigation now evolves from concept to operational reality, harmonizing systems and equipment, interoperability, integration and standardization are crucial factors to its success. The SESAME projects have all these elements!
John Erik Hagen, Regional Director, Norwegian Coastal Administration
Author of IMPLEMENTING e-NAVIGATION