Tallinn University of Technology

Waterways Safety Management

The Baltic Sea is one of the busiest seas in the world, with around 2,000 ships at any given time. Increasing traffic and the automatisation of navigational systems lead the shipping sector towards the need for smaller crews but higher percision of data of the surrounding maritime environment, including the bathymetric data.

The emerging era of autonomous shipping and the technological development of onboard processes, decision support and safety systems, as well as the multi-use marine areas (such as offshore windparks) state the need for science-based waterways safety management.

The research group aims to be a strong partner for Estonian maritime sector and work with international consortiums, contributing to the development of competitive maritime economy through research in the areas of hydrography, waterways planning, smart solutions for aids to navigation, marine cartography, and safety of navigation.

Strong focus will additionally be directed on science-based higher education on all levels – Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral studies – taking into account the developments in the industry and relevant emerging competences required in the labour market.

Waterways Safety Management Research Group