Maritime Consortium to Drive Connectivity
A group of organizations, including the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), have established the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC).
The multi-party venture, which also involves nations such as Germany and South Korea, was agreed and finalized during a signature ceremony on February 8, 2019.
The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is a digital domain for the maritime sector that brings common internet standards to navigation and transportation systems.
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According to a statement, the open-source and “vendor-neutral” MCP enables the efficient, secure and reliable exchange of electric information among maritime stakeholders.
The platform, which has been evolving for a number of years, developed significantly in 2015 with three EU projects funded by the South Korean government.
‘EfficienSea2’, ‘STM Validation’ and ‘SMART Navigation’ all helped to establish a testbed for MCP, which has now been in operation for several years with nearly 100 organizations on board.
The MCP supports actors to use digital services to exchange public as well as private information, fostering collaboration within the industry.
Other bodies involved in the consortium include RISE, the University of Copenhagen and the General Lighthouse Authorities of UK and Ireland.
A further statement from SMA and the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea (MOF) read: “The MCP could become an important framework for digitalisation of maritime sectors, for instance, e-navigation, SMART shipping & maritime logistics, Sea Traffic Management (STM) and MASS (Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship)."