Tallink Grupp has signed a new scientific agreement with TalTech to develop a number of innovative solutions for its current fleet of 14 vessels.

As part of the €100,000 deal, both companies will work together to develop ‘Smart Car Deck’ solutions over the next two years.

Smart Car Deck solutions will be based on the existing Smart Port solutions and are expected to make the ships’ car decks and their operations more efficient.

The companies also expect the new solutions to decrease the number of workforce required for loading and unloading of ships, as well as the waiting time for embarking and disembarking the ships.

“The Port of Tallinn with its solutions is no doubt one of the pioneers for these solutions in the region.”

Tallink Grupp CEO Paavo Nõgene said: “The ports around the Baltic Sea have already developed or are currently developing several ‘Smart Port’ solutions for easier vehicle check-in, for directing traffic in ports, etc, all of which has enabled the ports to make the processes involving vehicles automated and thus more efficient.

“The Port of Tallinn with its solutions is no doubt one of the pioneers for these solutions in the region.

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“Our ships are important partners and customers of the Baltic Sea ports and therefore it is only logical that alongside the smart ports we must also create smart ships.”

In addition, the newly formed partnership will initially extend the use of Smart Port solutions in the Baltic Sea ports to the car decks on its vessels.

Nõgene added: “Our goal is to focus on three main topics during this development project. First, to automate the vehicle traffic flow.

“Second, make the utilisation of the hold more effective.

“Third, to guide the passenger with the vehicle to the right parking zone and guide passengers to the nearest exits.”

Tallink currently operates its vessels under the brand names of Tallink and Silja Line on seven different routes.