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April 13. 2006

Affectogebnimap builds a Baltic Sea icemap portal

Countries around the Baltic Sea have joined forces to produce a centralized ice information portal for the use of all sea farers. Via the portal, all ships entering the Baltic Sea through the Gulf of Denmark can check how the winter conditions allow them to navigate and whether any special restrictions are in force. In addition to Finland, the portal project is financed jointly by Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Russia, and the EU. AffectoGenimap was chosen as the solution provider out of a group of 26 vendors’ tenders.

Earlier, reports on ice conditions were available on each participating country’s various organizations’ web-sites or merely as a fax service. Now the Baltic Icebreaking Management (BIM) –group will collect all data in one easy-to-find location. The data will give out precise information on the ice conditions in the entire Baltic Sea.

"The portal will both improve safety and facilitate navigation in winter conditions. BIM consists of representatives of all Baltic Sea countries’ icebreaking authorities", says project manager Emmi Saarinen, of Finnish Maritime Administration.

The new website for ice information is due for launch on January 1st, 2007, prior to next winter’s challenging ice conditions. Information updates are the responsibility of each country’s authorities. In addition to the financing members, the map covers coasts in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany.

In the vendor selection process, vendors were given points for the overall costs, references, and experience and skills of the personnel resources made available to the project. AffectoGenimap’s proposal matched technologically with the invitation for tender to perfection.

"In addition to what we requested in the invitation for tender, the choice for AffectoGenimap as the provider was supported by their location-based information know-how and a proven track record of being capable of incorporating location-based information with web-based services and other channels", says Emmi Saarinen.

For further information
Finnish Maritime Administration
Emmi Saarinen, +358 40 841 488
AffectoGenimap, Hannu Löppönen, +358 400 839 730

www.affectogenimap.fi


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