Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces $12M AI powered berth schedule management project

(London, UK) – At Oceanology International, today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the launch of a project for Empowering Maritime Collaboration with AI powered intelligence. This project will develop and implement a Collaborative Berth Scheduler, a solution which connects ships, pilotages, and ports to provide optimal berth schedule management, the equivalent of an Air Traffic Control System for Ships. This advancement in digitization will empower increased maritime collaboration, enablement of digital corridors, facilitation of just in time operations, and optimized management of resources to minimize emissions, reduce fuel consumption and decrease wait-times.

Berth on-time arrival rates is an industry-wide challenge and can be as low as 30-50% at ports around the world. At the same time, vessels often arrive in port to find no berth available. This results in inefficient port resource utilization, excess shipping costs, excess fuel use and excess GHG emissions along trade routes and/or at anchor. The project lead, Global Spatial Technology Solutions Inc. (GSTS), based in Halifax, NS, will work in partnership with Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) as well as its customers and collaborators, Montreal Port Authority (MPA), Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) and Clear Seas, to leverage its proprietary platform, OCIANA™ and implement novel AI algorithms to improve the overall efficiency of the maritime supply chain as well as support Green Digital Shipping Corridors.

The total value of this project is $12 million with Canada’s Ocean Supercluster investing $5 million through its funding through the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy (PCAIS) and with the balance of investment coming from project partners.

About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster accelerates the development and commercialization of made-in-Canada ocean solutions in energy transition, food security, future of transport, and climate change while also growing more companies, creating more jobs, and attracting ocean talent. As Canada’s national ocean cluster, the OSC is a convenor of members, partners, and networks and a catalyst for transformative growth that helps build the robust ecosystem needed to help realize Ambition 2035 – a 5X growth potential in ocean in Canada by 2035. To date, the OSC has approved more than 90 projects which will deliver more than 200 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit

About Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS)

Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS) is a global maritime intelligence company delivering solutions to enhance decision making across the maritime and logistics industry. Our predictive solutions are enabled by a range of operational, environmental, vessel and cargo data to provide real-time decision making intelligence for ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics companies, importers, exporters, national and international agencies as well as security organisations.

About Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)

The CSL Group is a world-leading provider of marine dry bulk cargo handling and delivery services. CSL owns and operates a highly diversified fleet of specialized self-unloading vessels, offshore transhippers and handy-size bulk carriers, and delivers more than 78 million tonnes of cargo to industrial customers annually.

About Montreal Port Authority (MPA)

Montreal Port Authority is a hub for international trade that contributes to the economic development of Canada. It does everything in its power to put innovation, sustainable development, and collaboration at the heart of its business processes. Their mission is to build together a more resilient, smarter and sustainable marine corridor.

About Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA)

The Laurentian Pilotage Authority, a federal Crown corporation created in 1972, is responsible for establishing, managing and providing marine pilotage services as well as related services in the Laurentian region waters, notably in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay River. The LPA monitors navigation manages regulations and provides services for three pilotage districts that cover a distance of 265 nautical miles between Montreal and Les Escoumins and another 70 nautical miles on the Saguenay River.

About Clear Seas

Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping was established in 2014 after extensive discussions among government, industry, environmental organizations, Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities revealed a need for impartial information about the Canadian marine shipping industry. It provides impartial information on marine shipping in Canada to policy makers and the public.

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“Canadian innovation is stepping up to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “The Empowering Maritime Collaboration through AI Project has the potential to significantly impact our ocean economy. By optimizing routes and improving port efficiencies, this initiative by Canada’s Ocean Cluster will strengthen supply chains and support cleaner oceans for Canadians.”

“Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced three new projects with a total value of almost $18 million, including the Empowering Maritime Collaboration through AI Project. This project will help advance maritime operations through enhanced digitization, fostering collaboration, and streamlining processes. By creating digital corridors and enabling just-in-time operations, the project will help optimize resource management, minimize emissions, and reduce fuel consumption in marine shipping.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“We are extremely pleased to continue to work with our valued customers and innovation partners”, said Richard Kolacz, Chief Executive Officer, GSTS. “On a daily basis we see events that have an impact on vessel routing and schedules. These include the Red Sea Crisis, Panama Canal issues, weather events, like hurricanes and labour events such as strikes. OCIANA’s novel capability will allow vessels to respond to events and identify optimal routes and arrival times by coordinating with ports and pilotage authorities thereby reducing emissions, fuel use and transport costs”.

“As the first shipowner to participate in the Ocean Supercluster project, we are excited to support GSTS’ development of the OCIANA™ platform”, said Jean Fahmy, Vice President – Digital, Canada Steamship Lines. “By contributing real-time data from our Canadian fleet, we aim to help advance efforts to leverage artificial intelligence to support decarbonization in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway by optimizing Just-in-Time routing and voyage ETAs.”

“We are particularly proud of the work accomplished by our multidisciplinary team, in close collaboration with GSTS. This collaborative effort has resulted in a significant advance in port management. I congratulate the multidisciplinary team of experts in information technology, the environment, research and port operations management, who worked together at every stage of the project to create a collaborative platform dedicated to dock occupancy management”, said Julie Gascon, Chief Executive Officer, Montreal Port Authority. “Our approach began with the aim of improving the predictability of ship arrivals at the port, and then expanded to integrate the operational needs of stakeholders on the ground. This approach enabled us to develop an innovative tool that facilitates collaboration among all stakeholders, with the goal of optimizing the entire supply chain and the efficiency of maritime trade corridors”, she added.

“The Laurentian Pilotage Authority is pleased to join GSTS and the Ocean Supercluster project and thus contribute to the protection of the environment on the waters under its jurisdiction”, said Marc-Yves Bertin, Chief Executive Officer, Laurentian Pilotage Authority. “This initiative is directly in line with the Authority’s mission to provide a safe, effective, and efficient pilotage service with strong willingness to protecting human health, property and the environment, by innovating and using state-of-the-art technology that will improve the fluidity of the supply chain.”

“Clear Seas is excited to collaborate on this new initiative to develop a more efficient and intelligent maritime system in Canada”, said Paul Blomerus, Executive Director, Clear Seas. “Better information leads to better decisions, enabling marine shipping to continue its critical role in the supply chain while reducing its impact on the ocean.”