Sea for Value (S4V)

February 12, 2020

Digitalisation and increased levels of autonomy in transport are expected to take leaps forward in the coming years. This development can help in creating safer, more efficient, sustainable, and reliable service chains to meet the requirements for a better quality of life and global prosperity. The port-to-port logistics chain is being disrupted by the digitalisation trends driving for increased level of autonomy in logistics operations as well as demand for reducing emissions. Both trends create business opportunities for Finnish companies.

Sea4Value program fulfills national agenda

The Sea4Value program is based on the national strategies and programs. The development of marine industry has a strong national support in Finland, which has been highlighted in the Ministry of Transport and Communications maritime strategy that reads “Finland is a maritime nation… Good maritime connections are vital for the competitiveness of Finland’s businesses and its economy and for Finnish society in general. Finland is very dependent on shipping for its national prosperity and wellbeing.”National programmes supporting this strategy include the National growth programme for the transport sector (2018-2022) and Artificial Intelligence programme. On European level, the EU Green Deal aims at an ambitious goal of enabling zero-emission port operations by 2030. These are the core ideas behind Sea4Value programs.

Sea4Value program has two ongoing projects:

A third project for Sea4Value program is under preparation.

SMARTER and Future Fairway Navigation projects take steps towards achieving One Sea vision

One Sea ecosystem is a growth engine and the platform for enabling smart, autonomous, remote controlled and digital technologies in the maritime industries. The vision of One Sea ecosystem is to create the world’s first autonomous maritime transport system by 2025. Future Fairway program improves the safe navigation for existing vessels and lays foundation for autonomous vessels of the future. SMARTER increases the level of automation in ports to meet the forthcoming needs of autonomous traffic and business.



Future Fairway Navigation

Ensuring the safety of navigation and operations is of paramount importance. Today safe navigation is a team effort consisting of the master and crew, pilots, vessel traffic services (VTS), and aids to navigation. Controlling the ship movement in all situations is essential and requires timely decisions as the ships in movement cannot be stopped very fast.

The mission of the – Future Fairway program is to provide blueprints towards digitalisation, service innovation and information flows in maritime transport. Its longer term mission is in preparing for advanced autonomous operations and navigation. A key step towards autonomous transport system is to ensure safe, sustainable and efficient channel for ships to enter and leave harbours. Future Fairway  program improves the safe navigation for existing vessels and lays foundation for autonomous vessels of the future.

Future Fairway is a transformative program that aims for wide societal influence by providing concrete research-based recommendations on regulation, business, data usage & sharing and for standardization. In particular, the program targets on following demonstrations and experiments, which are important milestones on the journey towards smart and autonomous maritime transport system.

  • Smart fairway navigation experiments
  • ePilotage working environment (on shore) and remote pilotage experiments

Fairway program also generates a vision and steps toward smart fairway and its features and services. Implementing the program is a central steps towards a faster, more efficient, increasingly sustainable, in other words, smarter supply chain, which is an essential part of a future autonomous maritime transport system.


Future Fairway Navigation facts:

Duration: February 2020 – January 2022

Budget: 6 M€, Funding: Business Finland, companies and research organisations

Project type:  Business Finland funded Co-Innovation project

Industrial partners: Awake.ai, Brighthouse Intelligence, Finnpilot Pilotage, Haltian Empathic Building, Ericsson, Meyer Turku.

Supporting industrial partners: ESL Shipping, Neste, Port of Helsinki, Port of Rauma, Port of Turku

Research organisations: Aalto University, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku.

Governmental authorities and associations: The Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Shipowners’ Association, Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency


Smart  Terminals – SMARTER

Smart Terminals (SMARTER) project enlarges the scope of DIMECC Sea4Value program to harbours and ports by develop solutions that benefit ROPAX and RORO harbours in reducing emissions by optimising harbour operations and improving cargo and people flow while improving the experience for all stakeholders.

The mission of SMARTER is to create replicable models for digitalisation, service innovation and data usage & sharing in harbour environment and prepare for the future by taking steps towards smart and autonomous maritime transportation.

SMARTER is a transformative project that aims for wide societal influence by providing concrete research-

based recommendations on business, data usage & sharing. Project focuses on experiments that speedup ship turnaround time, optimise the truck traffic and improve people flow.

SMARTER has two main objectives that are closely linked to United Nations sustainable development goal.

The first objective is reduction of emissions by optimizing port logistics. Ports are often located in existing city infrastructure with restricted possibilities of re-design without major investment. The port areas are typically also condensed with limited capacity. The project objective is to seek digital solutions to overcome and make notable difference in emissions by smarter logistics.

The second objective is exceptional flow and experience for the passengers and cargo. The aim is to create replicable models for organizing the passenger and cargo logistics to combine efficiency with experience and thus create wider societal impact that can be replicated globally.

These objectives support the realization of One Sea vision, bring value to participating companies, develop innovation and strengthen the maritime ecosystem. These goals form the underlying mission for the project.


Smart Terminals, SMARTER facts:

Duration: March 2021 – February 2023

Budget: 9 M€, Funding: Business Finland, companies and research organisations

Project type:  Business Finland funded Co-Innovation project

Industrial partners: ADE, Attracs, Awake.ai, Brighthouse Intelligence, Focusplan, Lingsoft, Nodeon Finland, Teleste and Visy

Supporting industrial partners: Port of Turku, Finnlines and Tallink Silja

Research organisations: Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku university of Applied Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku, Åbo Akademiu.

Governmental authorities and associations: The Finnish Meteorological Institute, Transport and Communications Agency Traficom and Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency


Program Manager Sea for Value:

Dr. Seppo Tikkanen

Senior Ecosystem Lead, DIMECC Ltd.

+358 (0) 40 840 2780



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Sea4Value in Media:

Turun Sanomat 16.4.2021 Ensimmäinen etäluotsattava laiva satamaan ensi vuonna – “Turvallisuus korostuu kaikessa” 

Osto&Logistiikka 23.2.2021 Helsingin ja Turun satamien digitalisointi alkamassa

Promaint 17.2.2021 Saariston sensoritestiasema kerää tietoa älyväylää varten

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