NextGen Link project (7 February 2017 – 31 December 2020, applied for an extension until the end of 2021)
The project will update the existing sea connection between the ports of Turku, Mariehamn and Stockholm. The updating of the sea route includes a new passenger and car ferry (ro-pax), additional environmental investments and port investments to meet the needs of a new larger vessel and the growing cargo and passenger volume.
The project partners are the Port of Turku, City of Turku, Viking Line and the Port of Mariehamn from Finland, and the Port of Stockholm from Sweden. The project has received CEF funding from EU.
The key goals of the project:
- Improve the sustainability and environmental soundness of maritime traffic
- Enhance the movement of passengers and cargo between Finland and Sweden
- Promote the demand for alternative fuels in the Baltic Sea region.
Port of Turku’s role in the project:
- Act as the co-ordinator of the project
- Develop the port area logistics regarding traffic arrangements and vehicle measurement system
- Automate the mooring and unmooring of the ship.
Due to increased security threats in public transport in Europe, there is a need to minimise this danger at the maritime terminals. Ensuring passenger traffic security is especially challenging in the core ports of Turku and Stockholm. As the port calls of the ferries on the liner traffic between these two ports lasts only for ca. 1 hour, the disembarkation and boarding of passengers as well as unloading and loading of vehicles need to be executed without any delay to keep to the tight schedule of the ships. This severely limits the available options to control the boarding passengers, vehicles and luggage.
The SecurePax project will tackle this challenge. Harmonised and interoperable digitalised security and ICT solutions will be implemented in passenger harbor area of the Port of Turku and in the Viking Line and Tallink Silja passenger terminals in the ports of Turku and Stockholm.
The key goals of the project:
- Enable detection of the identity of the boarding passengers in the Viking Line and Tallink Silja passenger terminals in the Port of Turku and exchange of information with the respective authorities. This will be done by mapping and piloting suitable technical solutions for digital registration of passengers and their identity.
- Explore the possibilities to prevent the boarding of unwanted persons in close cooperation with national authorities. For this purpose, the due process and the practical interpretation and implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code will be clarified.
- Enable detection of stowaways and dangerous items in the vehicles, luggage or on passengers, in the passenger harbour area in the Port of Turku and in the passenger terminals of Viking Line and Tallink Silja in the ports of Turku and Stockholm. For this purpose the available technologies will be explored and suitable solutions will be piloted and their technical suitability and regulatory compliance will be evaluated.
- Explore the ways to digitalise and harmonise the different security functions in the passenger harbour area of the Port of Turku.
- Pilot an internal high-speed broadband network based on 5G network technology in the passenger harbour area in the Port of Turku.
The SecurePax project implements digitalised security services and solutions not used before in maritime passenger terminals to ensure sustainable and efficient maritime transport in the long run. The best solutions and piloted technologies will be implemented in full scale in the new joint passenger terminal of the Port of Turku after the end of the project. The successful results will be also shared with the wider maritime community in Europe. SecurePax has been awarded funding from Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).