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$12.5m Danish-led e-Navigation project to get underway

Development of a 'Maritime Cloud' will be a feature of the project Development of a 'Maritime Cloud' will be a feature of the project Danish Maritime Authority

The EU has approved a DKK 85 million (approximately $12.5 million) Danish-led maritime innovation project, intended to enhance safety of navigation and increase efficiency at sea.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Thirty-two partners from 12 different EU countries{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Thirty-two partners from 12 different EU countries, including thirteen Danish organisations, will be involved in the EfficienSea2 project, launching on 1 May, with a focus on innovation and further development of services to assist in the efficient running of maritime vessels.

The Danish Maritime Authority is to lead the project, and will work on the development of a ‘Maritime Cloud’ to enhance the exchange of information in and around the maritime sector.

The project is also expected to develop a range of new digital services within the areas of navigation and automatic ship emission reporting and monitoring, as well as new communication channels at sea.

The communications aspect of the project  will examine intelligent use of the most inexpensive communication channel available and the development of an entirely new communication channel referred to as VDES (VHF Data Exchange System).

The EU has granted funding of DKK 73.5 million (approximately $11 million) towards the total project budget, with the aim of moving e-Navigation past the prototype stage to full scale implementation in the Baltic Sea and Arctic waters.

"There's no doubt that this project is ground-breaking and holds a high potential for innovation. This will pave the way to, and fast track to, the introduction and use of modern communication, navigation and administrative systems that better match the companies' requirements for efficiency and increased safety as well as improved usability," said the EU, in a statement.{/mprestriction}

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