An eventful year in which great successes were achieved within Activity 3 comes to an end. The main achievements of Activity 3 being responsible for the implementation of the various services and the complete system concept in 2019 are highlighted below.

The final Reference Network Model 2.1 was elaborated laying down the basis for the common VisuRIS COMEX system. It consists of reference data, such as the fairway network and objects (e.g. bridges, locks, berths, etc.) enabling route & voyage planning. The Reference Network Model was coordinated within the RIS COMEX project consortium and is therefore applicable to all 13 project partners, who are in the process of providing the corresponding data. The main routing & voyage planning functionality has already proven its operability within the portal when calculating voyages from Western Belgium to the Black Sea within a split second. Furthermore, the RIS COMEX partners have agreed on the interfaces between VisuRIS COMEX and the national infrastructure regarding dynamic fairway data, such as limitation (NtS)-, water level-, bridge clearance- or depth information.

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) was established in order to consider the applicable data protection regulations for the provision and use of national AIS data. Significant progress has also been made in the AIS interconnection of the national sources to VisuRIS COMEX. The AIS data of eight project partners – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Netherlands, Romania and Serbia – have already been successfully interconnected to VisuRIS COMEX and are provided in an actual traffic image anonymously.

Next to considerable improvements in vessel position or ETA information provision to logistics users, main focus was put on the elaboration of specifications for all Electronic Reporting (ERI) related services. A joint procurement for a transnational ERI system among Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia will be started until the end of November 2019. The commissioning of an external system supplier is expected in the second quarter of 2020, whereas the final implementation of the operative CES is scheduled for the end of 2021.

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