Sea for Value (S4V)

February 12, 2020

The Sea for Value – Fairway DIMECC program is the first program initiative under the One Sea ecosystem. 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 development of maritime autonomy makes remote operations and remote pilotage a possibility in a near future. Due to this development, the navigational decision-making will become physically distributed.

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 Sea4Value – Fairway (S4VF) 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. S4VF program improves the safe navigation for existing vessels and lays foundation for autonomous vessels of the future.

S4VF 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

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.

Industrial partners: Awake.ai, Brighthouse Intelligence, Finnpilot Pilotage, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, TietoEVRY.

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, The Finnish Border Guard.


Facilitation and funding partners

The program is funded by the companies and Business Finland.  DIMECC facilitates and organizes program realisation.


Program structure

The structure of the program has been carefully planned to research and deliver meaningful outcomes. The research work is organized into four work packages. Work packages are led by a responsible research team. The work packages consist of research themes, which contain both strategic and applied research activities, which will be tested, experimented and verified in industrial cases. The program structure and the work packages are illustrated below.



Program Manager Sea for Value:

Dr. Seppo Tikkanen

Senior Ecosystem Lead, DIMECC Ltd.

+358 (0) 40 840 2780




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