Winter navigation research project


Co-financed by European Union. 2009-13.

The target of this research project was to develop an operative forecasting system for dynamic and especially compressive ice for the maritime. The elements of this system include the description of compression – magnitude and direction – in terms of quantities that can be applied in ship operation.

The use of these forecasts enables the merchant vessels to select their route for safety while the assisting icebreakers can determine the waypoints for the merchant ship routes based on most efficient and safe passage of ships.

The results obtained in the course of the project have been successfully implemented into the winter navigation system, which is operational in the Baltic Sea. The new developments, which were implemented, received very good feedback from the end users (IB crew and Maritime Authorities).
Moreover, new areas for the exploitation of the results and their development have been identified.