European project presents the way forward for maritime digitalisation
At their final Conference taking place in Copenhagen, the EU funded project EfficienSea2 demonstrated a wide range of digital solutions for the 200 participants from a wide range of stakeholders in the maritime domain. The project has strived towards developing and testing digital standards for the past three years.
The Danish Minister for Industry, business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, explained at the conference’s first day why projects such as EfificienSea2 are important for the maritime world:
“The very essence of maritime business is crossing borders and working globally. This project is a fine example of what can be achieved when we work together. Thanks to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and your collaboration, what has been created is a strong foundation for further development and growth,” Mr. Mikkelsen said.
The project has involved a total of 32 European partners and has developed solutions such as the Maritime Connectivity Platform in order to create a more secure and seamless data exchange in the maritime world.
Solutions will outlive the project
The project has taken on tasks ranging from testing future standards for nautical charts to developing new communications channels to use while at sea. The main aspect combining all the work is the emphasis on standards and cooperation across borders.
At the first day of the conference, Mr. Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, President of BIMCO , the world’s largest international shipping association, explained how and why BIMCO will carry on the work they have begun in EfficienSea2, developing a digital solution to lower the administrative burdens when doing port reporting:
“We have proven that the EfficienSea2 concept is working and is suitable for being further commercialized. Furthermore, we have initiated that the relevant standards are being updated, and although they are not quite finalized, they are in good progress. The next challenge is to get the entire industry to use these standards,” Mr. Papagiannopoulos said at the conference.
Other solutions worked on in EfficienSea2 include VDES (VHF Data Exchange System), map based web platforms and a further range of digital solutions with an emphasis on creating real benefits in the maritime world.