For Optimal Navigation in Ice Conditions

Our unique IceTrail management system is intended for optimizing maritime operations during winter. It optimizes vessel routes and minimizes risks in ice conditions. IceTrails is visible for its users as a website, that presents information on the ice conditions and estimated arrival times of vessels based on those conditions. It has an easy-to-use interface that gives you all the information you need in one view.

Perfect solution for:

  • Vessel operators and shipping companies (Cargo, Passenger, Icebreakers)
  • Authorities (Customs, VTS centers, border guards)
  • Logistic service providers
  • Cargo owners
  • Port operators

With IceTrails you gain the best knowledge about

Service description

Technically the IceTrails application, which is running in a data center in Finland, will gather the necessary information through various means from information providers. It will then run the proprietary algorithms on top of that data, yielding out the information about the location and condition of the ice trails. This will all happen on the IceCast servers, there’s no component that needs to be installed for the end-users. The end-users will be connecting to the system using their web browser. The solution can be used as a decision-making aid when navigating through ice-covered waters, but must not be used for navigation of a vessel directly.

The IceTrails solution is technically based on the AIS system (Automated Information System) used in maritime operations. Each commercial vessel is mandated to broadcast its location, heading and speed via AIS and SAT-AIS, thus creating situational awareness of all the vessels at sea.

AIS as a system is not possible without automatic information on the location and movement of the vessel. This information is made possible through GNSS, Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Satellites also have another role in the AIS system: AIS is technically transmitted as a VHF radio signal, but terrestrial antennae can only pick up the signal if the vessel is within radio coverage of them, meaning vessels far at sea will not be visible in terrestrial AIS. This is where satellite AIS (S-AIS) comes in, as dedicated satellites are able to pick up AIS signals from anywhere on the planet. So S-AIS is used to significantly expand the coverage of AIS tracking.

IceTrails also exposes information that has been produced by analyzing satellite radar (SAR) images, to give a graphical representation of the ice thickness in the Baltic Sea region.

A further important enabler for the usage of IceTrails is satellite-based Internet connectivity. For vessels far at sea, satellite-based connectivity is the only viable option for connecting to the Internet.

IceTrails supports both navigation and operational planning

For navigation planning

  • route options
  • optimal route
  • more accurate ETA estimate
  • consolidated info for winter navigation

For operational planning

  • more accurate ETA estimate
  • faster reaction to fleet operations when sudden destination changes cause multiple vessel re-planning

Ice Load Monitoring feature

Add Ice Load Monitoring function to IceTrails and you can see the current ice situation and forecasts, as well as observations and warnings. All in one view. You can modify the view according to your needs. Hide or add features just by clicking the mouse.

The solution consists of four functions:

  • Real-time ice load monitoring in the vessel.
  • Predictive ice load monitoring:
    • self-learning and proactive solution that issue warnings based on a developed algorithm, and helps captains avoid hard ice stress on the hull.
    • requires data collection for a defined period, as the algorithm needs to be adjusted based on the vessel type.
  • Back office monitoring.
  • Reporting including observations and warnings.

Reliable satellite-based forecasts of ice conditions:

  • ice thickness
  • ice movement
  • ice concentration
  • ice load
  • icing