Project Objectives



The objective of SESAME Straits is to further e-Navigation implementation by developing and validating a new Ship Traffic Management System concept to optimize sea traffic flow and provide the vessel with advice on the best speed and route. This enables the vessel to arrive at a port at the optimal time, or create a optimal transit passage. In this way it is possible to avoid traffic congestion, reduce fuel consumption, reduce emissions, and increase the overall safety and efficiency.


The SESAME Straits concept includes the development of new operational services for a regional Maritime Service Portfolio, such as:

  • Just-in-time-arrival advice
  • Optimal transit speed to reduce ship`s bunkers and lower GHG emissions
  • Efficient traffic flow through narrow and restricted under keel clearance waterways
  • Optimized utilization of port resources such as anchorages, berths, pilots, etc.


Our e-Navigation test bed project has the following sub-objectives:


Develop new ship traffic management strategies for the Straits of Malacca and Singapore and provide this as a model for other areas. This also includes definitions of metrics to measure benefits of new strategies.


Develop new non-linear decision support algorithms for ship traffic optimization, presenting alternative strategies and visualizing their effects.


Develop reliable human factor and organizational principles for cooperative decision making between ship and shore.


Develop a simulator and assessment tool that can determine safety, security and efficiency effects of new traffic management strategies in any area of the world and use this to assess the effects for the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.


Develop a new service delivery paradigm for systems on ship and on shore. Support plug-in functionality based, on Software as a Service principles.


Develop new communication systems that can facilitate cooperative decision support between ship and shore in accordance with the emerging e-navigation framework.


Prove feasibility of the concept by showing how it can be implemented and operated through demonstrations in actual VTS and ship environments.


Collect and analyze real ship traffic data to be used as benchmark values for assessments and as starting point for simulations.


Develop and disseminate the necessary e-Navigation standards for communication and data transfer to enable open interoperability between VTS and ship.