The Merit Project
Concentration of intelligent marine industry to Helsinki
City of Helsinki with its Merit – maritime ICT combines maritime industry and ICT services, IoT and software engineering as well as startups. The programme offers for shipping companies, ship yards and ports new tools for navigation, ICT and IoT. Working at ice breakers’ and cargo vessels’ bridge and engine rooms will change fundamentally.
The metropolitan area is a junction for national and international logistics in Finland. Finland’s most important port for general cargo and an air cargo station are located in the area. The goods traffic, which runs through the Vuosaari Harbour, is worth almost a third of the total value of the foreign trade of Finland and by volume almost a fourth of all general cargo shipped by sea.
One of the most important Finnish sea cluster concentrations is also located in Helsinki and its vicinity. The most important research institutes, such as the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT, the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and the Finnish Meteorological Institute as well as the Aalto University are all located in the area. The area is also home to engineering agencies such as Aker Arctic, Deltamarin, Elomatic,Eniram, Foreship and Napa as well as industrial companies ABB Marine, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard and Wärtsilä.
Turning marine technology into an international brand
The goal is to help the Finnish marine IT know-how finds its markets and, one day, become an international brand like the mobile or gaming industry. Examples are data utilisation, measurement and monitoring technologies and steering and risk management in sea traffic. A concrete goal is also to bring an intelligent port process to the Estonian traffic at the West Harbour in Helsinki.
The Merit network supports companies in combining their functions and know-how and in finding clients. The project creates opportunities for the Finnish marine industry to fortify its new growth track and support the structural change in the ICT sector.
City supports initiation of the Merit cluster
The project is a substantial move by the City of Helsinki and an effort to support both nationwide and local marine business activities. The project is financed by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The goal for the City of Helsinki is, in accordance with the guidelines of the industrial policy, to support the construction of this cluster and then transfer it comprehensively to the companies. The project is led from the City of Helsinki Economic Development division and the leader in charge of the project is Ulla Tapaninen.
In Finland, there are already a number of success stories in marine IT, e.g. Eniram in the field of ship energy efficiency, but the companies are still working alone and a cluster phenomenon has not materialised. “When we succeed in that, then 1+1 can be more than the sum of its parts”, says Ulla Tapaninen.
Companies currently participating in the Merit projects steering group:
Aker Arctic, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Containerships, Helsinki Harbour, Eniram, ESL-Shipping, Finnpilot Pilotage, Ixonos, NAPA.
Other companies: Aalto Univercity, The Finnish Maritime Society, Finnish Marine Industries, Machine Technology Center Turku Ltd.
Project schedule 1 November, 2014 – 31 December, 2016.
Further information on the Merit Project: Ulla Tapaninen, tel. +358 9 310 37350, ulla.tapaninen(at)hel.fi
Workshop in May
Digital revolution and open data in maritime business and governance https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/en/programme-items/digital-revolution-and-open-data-maritime-business-and-governance
is organised 18th May at 13.30 – 15 in Turku (Place: Logomo, Köydenpunojankatu 14, Turku 20100, room GOTO 35) as part of Maritime Day. The objectives of this workshop are to review sources of open data and discuss opportunities and challenges of maritime digitilization, as well as show case studies. Maritime Day events should be registred beforehad https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/EMD2016/registration . Welcome!