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EfficienSea2 comes to an end

The MCP developed during the project will continue to operate with new leadership The MCP developed during the project will continue to operate with new leadership

The EU-funded maritime digitalisation project EfficienSea2 has drawn to a close, with the final conclusions from the three-year project presented to stakeholders at a final conference in Copenhagen.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The goal of EfficienSea2 has been to “create and implement innovative and smart solutions for efficient, safe and sustainable traffic at sea” by focusing on global collaboration and encouraging the use of common IT standards in maritime digitalisation.

This has included work on the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), the VHF Data Exchange System (VDES), Port Reporting Model and other digital services for end-users, which will live on beyond the end of this particular project.

“The more than 50 deliverables we have uploaded is a testament to the project’s success and the wide range of real life progress we have made during EfficienSea2,” said Christopher Saarnak, project leader of EfficienSea2 and senior adviser at the Danish Maritime Authority.

“Our partners are all starting to exploit the results and in the coming years, when private industry, authorities and international organisations get together to work on maritime digitalisation EfficienSea2 is a natural place to look for inspiration and tools.”

The MCP (originally named the Maritime Cloud) has been the centrepiece of the project since its initial stages, and has now been developed into a usable open platform for accessing maritime services.

In partnership with the Korean SMART Navigation Project (which will take on the coordinating role of the MCP with the closure of EfficienSea2) and the Swedish STM Validation project, MCP has been is now used by stakeholders both inside and outside of the involved projects when testing digital systems, and is expected to continue develop into the future.

EfficienSea2 was also involved with research into the physical infrastructure connecting ships, looking at how the systems on board each ship exchange data to how space weather has the potential to disrupt communications during solar storms.

In that regard, testing has been performed on the VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) in Fehmarn Belt by Cobham SATCOM, with promising results having been recorded to date, according to the project partners.

This work on both VDES and onboard architecture is expected to continue the standardisation process begun by the project through international organisations such as IALA and IEC.

Other development areas during the project included the map-based web platform BalticWeb, which served as a demonstration platform for the end-user services tested by project partners, with assistance from real mariners and experts in human-machine interaction. Standardisation and harmonisation has been emphasised during this testing process, with many of the services examined using the IHO S-100 Standard for hydrographic data, as an example.

Project services now available on BalticWeb include, Weather on Route, Maritime Safety Information, Under Keel Clearance and a new scheme for easier reporting to VTS centres. The platform has also been expanded to Ghanaian Waters and an Asia-Pacific version is currently under development based on the open-source development done in Efficiensea2.

The project also worked with BIMCO in the development of a new Maritime Reporting Model, which aims to simplify reporting from ship to shore and reduce the administrative burden on seafarers by up to 80 per cent.

The Maritime Reporting Model is already available through the MCP, with further standardisation work on port reporting ongoing – similar to all of the various systems and technologies developed during EfficienSea2, which will be continued through adoption by various partners.

“Every partner has made specific plans for how they are going to exploit their participation in EfficienSea2. It is extremely encouraging to see that our partners in the private sector see a commercial viability in one solution or another from this project,” said Mr Saarnak.

“Looking at it overall, practically everything begun by EfficienSea2 will continue in capable hands.”{/mprestriction}

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