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Industry Partner


GSTS Project Scope – OCIANATM

About GSTS

Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS), is a Nova Scotia-based company that is fast becoming a world leader in Maritime Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

Incorporated in 2015, GSTS now designs solutions that enhance the safety, security, and environmental sustainability of the world’s oceans. To achieve that, its data platform processes enormous volumes of satellite and terrestrial data sets along with global AIS (Automatic Identification System) vessel information in real-time, providing decision-making information for the entire maritime sector.

What is unique about GSTS?
Every ship around the world of a certain tonnage is required by law to transmit its AIS signal, to avoid collisions with other vessels. That same signal is now also picked up by satellites, providing a global data stream with the location of every major vessel. Specializing in global maritime data analytics, GSTS uses that data to extract valuable information that was previously unavailable.

Building on that capability, GSTS has developed OCIANA™, a maritime analytics platform that combines multiple global data sets in near-real-time to extract intelligence using advanced algorithms. One such algorithm uses AI to detect “Dark Vessels” which have switched off their AIS transmitters to avoid detection, sometimes to engage in illegal activity. Another algorithm detects the type of fishing based on a fishing vessel’s characteristic behaviour. These OCIANA algorithms run 24/7 to provide a profound understanding of what is happening in our own waters and anywhere in the world.

“Based on a vessel’s last known location, and coupled with path prediction algorithms, OCIANA predicts where that vessel is now, where it is going, and its ETA. This predictive capability is one thing that sets us apart,” said Krista Foster, Director of Products of GSTS.

These same predictive OCIANA algorithms also allow a vessel to optimize its fuel consumption, and to better coordinate its arrival at its destination port.

Project Scope: The Halifax Port Authority

There are increasing challenges around managing the efficient movement of vessels. As a leader in AI solutions for the maritime domain, GSTS has developed an innovative Sequence Planning Tool (SPT) with the Halifax Port Authority as part of the OCIANATM suite of vessel logistics management capabilities. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTS) and the OCIANA ™ Port Optimization Consortium includes the Port of Halifax, Port of Montreal and the Port of New York and New Jersey with the addition of the CSL Group, the Laurentian Pilotage Authority, the National Research Council (NRC) and a number of government organizations.

This port strategy is in response to the potential for congestion brought on by vessels moving in and out of the Port of Halifax during inclement weather events and other service disruptions. It will allow port users to assess different scenarios to determine the best sequence of operations. This includes vessel arrivals and departures as well as optimal allocation of port resources such as tugs and pilots. This simulation tool will help improve overall safety, reduce congestion, increase throughput, improve competitiveness, and decrease wait and delay times in a sustainable manner.

“From a shipping industry perspective, the ports use of advanced planning and scheduling tools like the Sequence Planning Tool help improve transparency, efficiency, and reliability for all port users. Vessels feel more comfortable with optimizing their route and arriving just in time. They can slow down, reduce fuel consumption, and decrease GHG emissions. There is a big shift towards environmentally sustainable behaviour now especially when there are multiple benefits.”, said Krista Foster.

GSTS is leaving a prominent footprint in port innovation, working closely with the Port on scenario modeling as they continue to evolve the OCIANA ™ platform to adapt and adjust to the operational and geographical conditions of any port in the world.