(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) STEAM (Sea Traffic Management in the Eastern Mediterranean) is a three-year project that has started in Jan. 2019 with a budget of approximately one million EUR. The project (INTEGRATED/0916/0063) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation.
The primary goal of STEAM is to develop the Port of Limassol to become a worldclass transshipment and information hub adopting modern digital technologies brought to the maritime sector, as well as a driver for short sea shipping in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Towards this end, the ports of Cyprus, and especially the Port of Limassol will have a vital role to play due to its strategic location, as an information hub, exchanging information with both nearby ports and ships in the Eastern Mediterranean area for optimizing the ships’ routes, expanding the planning horizon for port operations, and avoiding possible dangers.
The geographical location of Cyprus encourages the use of Cyprus ports as transshipment hubs for short sea shipping. In the STEAM project, the implementation of the STM concept will be significantly extended and enhanced by the successful testbed conducted at the Port of Limassol through the further development of Port CDM, which will enable real-time situation awareness to all participants involved in maritime activities in the ports of Cyprus.
Moreover, the Port of Limassol will be modernized with innovative technological solutions and advanced data analytics providing new decision-support tools and services for maritime stakeholders.
Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)
CUT is an established public university, founded by law on December 2003, and one of three state universities in Cyprus. CUT is a dynamic university with six leading schools/faculties and 10 academic departments, able to offer education and high-level research, in primary branches of science and applied technology, at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, CUT is the youngest university in the list of top universities in Europe; an achievement that highlights the emerging, dynamic, and innovative nature of CUT. Website: https://www.cut.ac.cy/
Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE)
RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through its international collaboration programmes with industry, academia and the public sector, RISE ensures the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products, and services. Website: https://www.viktoria.se/
Cyprus Port Authority (CPA)
CPA is a semi-autonomous government agency that is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the ports and port facilities of Cyprus. CPA is the competent entity as an administrator to operate, manage, develop the ports, facilitate the international shipping and issue the licenses of pilotage. In its public power role, CPA is the owner of the ports and lighthouses as well as the regulator of port services rendered. Website: https://www.cpa.gov.cy/
Cyprus Shipping Association (CSA)
CSA was established in 1945 to provide a professional forum for the Shipping Agents of Cyprus. CSA has the following key aims: the provision of high quality services by the Shipping Agent, the protection of the professional rights of its members and the promotion of their common business interests, the prosperity and growth of Cyprus as a maritime centre and a transhipment hub, and promoting improvements in the ports of Cyprus and in the laws affecting the profession as well as the shipping and port industry of the island. Website: http://www.csa-cy.org/
Tototheo Trading Ltd. (TOTOTHEO)
TOTOTHEO specializes in maritime technologies and services with the goal of optimizing vessel and fleet performance. TOTOTHEO’s services include innovative, efficient and functional solutions in the fields of satellite communication, navigation systems, and digitalization services. TOTOTHEO offers its products and services to ship operators within merchant shipping, the offshore, yachting as well as the fishing industries and also caters for government and land communication users with mobile and fixed solutions. Furthermore, TOTOTHEO is investing in research and development, providing fit-for-purpose solutions. Website: https://www.tototheo.com/
A.T. DeLevant Business Solutions Ltd. (DELEVANT)
DELEVANT is a company registered in Cyprus founded in 2008. It provides solutions and services that utilize mathematical modeling and machine learning on top of a business intelligence platform to support better operational and business decisions. DELEVANT’s clients currently utilize these solutions in their Financial Budgeting, Sales Forecasting and Operations & Inventory Planning processes. DELEVANT works with a local and international clientele and develops solutions based on either 3rd party software or through DELEVANT’s own product suite, ForeSight TEAM. DELEVANT is a Silver Microsoft Partner and both its product suite and business intelligence services are based on the Microsoft Business Intelligence platform. Website: http://www.delevant.com/
Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services Ltd (CSCS)
CSCS is concerned with the safe and efficient management of the deep and coastal seas of the Mediterranean. Main interests of the company lie in high-quality measurements, analysis, and models of oceanographic phenomena, in near real time and baseline environmental and impact assessments of marine ecosystems. They have expertise in supporting subsea infrastructure by the operation and maintenance for a range of sensors and observing platforms as well as bespoke ship- and satellite-based observing-systems. Website: https://cyprus-subsea.com/
2019 has been a very productive first year for the STEAM project with some important developments and publications, many of which you will have the chance to read about in the below newsletter.