exactEarth recently signed up to assist in a new vessel routing program run by the European Union. The MONALISA project aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport. The initial focus is on the major navigational areas in Swedish and Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea which will contribute to improving overall safety and optimization of ship routes.
As VTS or (Vessel Traffic Service) relies on traffic knowledge gained through surveillance techniques, up to now it has operated only in coverage of Port or Coastal AIS and Radar. Previously, the lack of surveillance techniques was an obstacle to extend VTS coverage into remote coastal areas and further offshore. By extending VTS, safety of navigation and the maritime environment will benefit from proactive measures to mitigate convergence and bottlenecks as well as better spatial planning for marine traffic.