Improving situational weather awareness for Vessel Traffic Services and digital maritime cluster


Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. The growing vessel, equipment and cargo sizes combined with optimized port calls with tight schedules all create challenges for safe maritime operations and risk millions in damage in repair and downtime. In addition, busier coastal and port areas with varying built structures and topographical shapes can create microclimates that require more accurate insights into local weather conditions.

Traditional, general area forecasts with long time scales have never really been enough —today’s accelerating weather risks make the need for better weather data even more obvious. 

Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) providers, whose job it is to safely manage vessel traffic in ports, harbors, and coastal areas, today must become more proactive and informed so they can help seafarers and ports avoid weather-related problems before they happen and mitigate the effects of unavoidable events.

In this engaging, informative webinar you´ll learn about

  • How highly localized, real-time weather data empowers VTS providers to provide timely and actionable weather insights to merchant shipping and other marine traffic operators 
  • Proven networks available today that combine weather sensors, nowcasting, and forecasting to help you enhance safety and confidently manage weather-related risks 
  • How comprehensive weather networks help fulfill environmental monitoring guidelines set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) 
  • Exclusive use case: Fintraffic, a national VTS provider in Finland, shows how they use digitalization and automation to enhance real-time situational awareness and highlights the role of accurate weather and environmental data in future digitalization projects 

Who should attend:
VTS providers, Vessel Traffic Management System providers and integrators, port and harbor authorities, port weather system integrators, and other port efficiency decision-makers.



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Olli Soininen

Olli Soininen

Programme Manager, Fintraffic VTS

Olli Soininen has been working as a Programme Manager at Fintraffic VTS ltd since 2020. He is responsible for Fintraffic VTS's development and investment projects, project stakeholder activities and international cooperation. Soininen has more than 20 years of experience in system development, digitalization and automation. Prior to his current position, Soininen worked for more than 20 years in various positions in the Finnish Navy, where since 2004 he has been responsible for the design and development of C2 and control systems as a system development manager.

Mikko Nikkanen

Head of Maritime, Weather and Environment

Mikko leads strategy and development for Vaisala’s Maritime and Ports segment. He has established Vaisala’s maritime focus in modern weather awareness solutions, bringing 20 years of global sales and business development experience to build innovative solutions with various partner ecosystems.

Coastal weather observation

Complete, User-Friendly Coastal Weather Observation Solutions

Vaisala’s unmatched grasp of weather measurement, long history of maritime experience, and global presence has made us the preferred weather observation system supplier to many Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) organizations and system integrators.

Our reference deliveries range from oceanographic sensors for navigation aids and automatic weather stations for VTS systems, to turnkey network weather solutions for Coastal Surveillance Systems (CSS). Our turnkey solutions consist of a large number of automatic weather stations with sensors, telemetry, network data collection, management and visualization software, installation, and maintenance services.