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INTESA Pilot Actions - North Adriatic Sea Port Authority

Published on 02/09/2021 (last modified 17/09/2021)

Geo-localisation, high precision cartography and real time AIS data sharing: the ways to improve nautical accessibility & safety

Improving nautical accessibility and nautical safety - through the implementation of navigation aids based on geo-localisation, high precision cartography and real time AIS data sharing - is the focus of the ongoing pilot study implemented in the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority in the ports of Venice and Chioggia.

The project includes the purchase of three Pilot Portable Unit (PPU sets) which were provided to the Harbour Master and Pilots’ Association for the ports of Venice and Chioggia, through a 3-year free loan agreement, along with a two days of full training for 30 pilots.

Modern PPUs are composed of sensors (high precision antennas) and a laptop computer (or tablet) typically carried aboard in a backpack. The sensors are placed outside on the ship and the pilot uses the real-time data to improve navigational accuracy.

Pilot actions on cartography (Official “static” and Personalised “dynamic”) complement and feed the PPU with high-precision aerial photographs and aerophotogrammetry of the port areas (with the cooperation of the Veneto Region and the Venice Water Authority, hence covering the whole Venetian lagoon) and have been completed as well.


North Adriatic Sea Port Authority headquarters orthophoto, LiDAR point cloud colored by elevation


Other actions concern the topographical database based on aerial photographs, ortho-photos and digital relief models at a scale of 1:2,000 for the port area of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority. These pilot actions are just a part of a larger strategy that also includes Spatial Data Infrastructures, Just in time concept and arrival/departure scheduling.

The overall objective is to improve nautical accessibility and nautical safety, in order to make port activities safer and maritime transport more efficient. These conditions are extremely important for the entire port ecosystem and are essential for the further development of maritime traffic.

This is particularly true for a sea basin such as the Adriatic, where several national maritime administration and port authorities operate. Hence the importance of a network capable of harmonizing and optimizing the various types of procedures and databases, including those relating to cartography and aerophotogrammetry.

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