Danish marine electronics company Danelec Marine informs it will oversee a working group in the European Union (EU) EfficienSea2 maritime innovation project designed to increase safety of navigation and efficiency at sea.
The EU this month approved and set aside $11 million to fund the EfficienSea2 initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Danish Maritime Authority. The project consortium includes 32 partners from 12 countries.
A key component of the initiative is the development of a “Maritime Cloud,” a communication tool that will improve the exchange of information for vessels at sea. The project will also yield an array of new digital services within the areas of navigation and automatic ship emission reporting and monitoring, to further increase efficiency.
Danelec Marine is the lead partner in a working group for shipboard system integration and on-board networks. This task will address issues such as cybersecurity, onboard network integration and firewalling, as well as the integration of onboard systems with the service-oriented communication framework and the shipboard component of the Maritime Cloud concept.
“The shipping industry is rapidly moving to increase ship-ship and ship-shore data integration, and this will involve the exchange of large volumes of data between ship and shore,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “At present, there is little standardization of onboard data infrastructures, and it is not expected that the advent of the Maritime Cloud will change this substantially. Our working group will be tasked with providing the foundations for gateway solutions between the generic onboard client components of the Maritime Cloud and the present regime of customized and proprietary onboard solutions.”
In a statement on the EfficienSea2 initiative, officials with the EU said, “There’s no doubt that this project is groundbreaking 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.”