The project is planned to be completed by mid-February 2024
Rosatom has begun developing a unique unified platform for digital services for all participants in navigation in the Northern Sea Route (NSR) waters. According to the documents posted on the public procurement portal, the project "Creation of a unified platform for digital services of the Northern Sea Route" (EPDS NSR) worth 1.33 billion rubles should be completed by mid-February 2024.
The platform being developed involves the provision of a number of digital services to users of the Northern Sea Route. In particular, navigation management in the NSR water area is planned to be carried out through the services "Issue of permits for navigation in the NSR water area", "Navigation monitoring in the NSR water area", "Ship traffic control in the NSR water area", "Piloting of ships along the NSR water area". For hydrometeorological and ice support of navigation on the NSR, the services "Working with hydrometeorological data", "Working with data on ice conditions" are being developed. Digitalization of navigational and hydrographic support will be implemented through the "Monitoring of navigational and hydrographic conditions", "Navigational information", "Cartographic information" services.
Such processes as billing, ensuring the safety of navigation, analysis of equipping the NSR water area with rescue equipment, managing infrastructure facilities and property, managing freight traffic, and monitoring the environmental situation will also be digitized.
As noted in the terms of reference for the project, the strategic importance of the Northern Sea Route in the transport provision of the Russian Arctic became the prerequisites for the creation of the EPCS NSR; the need to strengthen the scientific, transport, navigation and military infrastructure to secure Russia's interests in the Arctic; development of the NSR as a competitive national transport communications in the world market; growth of investment projects in the Russian Arctic; strengthening of environmental requirements in the Northern Sea Route water area and a number of other factors.
The technical assignment provides a list of potential users of the new system. In addition to the enterprises of Rosatom it includes Rosmorrechflot, Roskosmos, Roshydromet, the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Russian Railways, Gazprom and a number of oil and gas producing, as well as logistics commercial organizations, including foreign ones.
The duties of the infrastructure operator of the NSR were assigned to Rosatom in December 2018, when President Putin signed a bill on the management of the Northern Sea Route. The State Corporation received the right to develop proposals for the formation of a state policy for the development and sustainable functioning of the NSR. Besides, Rosatom was obliged to deal with the creation of navigational conditions for accurate and safe navigation of ships in the NSR waters.