EU approved a Danish-led, maritime innovation project with a budget of DKK 85 million, intended to enhance safety of navigation and increase efficiency at sea. 13 Danish partners have become frontrunners of the project, which was launched on 1st May 2015.
The overall objective is to create and deploy innovative solutions for safer and more efficient waterborne operations. With a total of seven specific objectives all interacting within one framework, the project aims to:
- Create and implement a ground-breaking communication framework – the ‘Maritime Cloud’ that will enhance information sharing in and around the maritime sector for smarter traffic management, facilitating a comprehensive e-maritime and e-navigation environment, enabling the maritime internet of things.
- Identify, develop, test and, where possible, standardize and implement e-navigation solutions that will reduce the risk of accidents, especially in dense waterways, as well as increase the efficiency of the transport chain.
- Develop, test and, where possible, implement e-maritime solutions for automated reporting and efficient port information and, thus, minimize delays and turnaround times as well as administrative burdens.
- Create and implement navigational support services and a new self-organizing emergency response solution in remote and difficult environments such as the Arctic in order to reduce the risk of loss of life.
- Develop solutions to monitor emissions with a focus on SOx and conduct validation trials in the Baltic Sea Region.
- Create innovative and cost-effective solutions with novel communication technology to deal with ships’ challenge of getting access to information services at a reasonable price, especially in remote places such as the Arctic.
- Set the technical and governance standard for the above areas, particularly in regards to e-navigation solutions.
There are four focus areas for the project (link):
- End user services
- Platform displays
- Communication and service framework
- Communication channels
EfficienSea2 Project consortium partners list
There are 32 partners in the consortium representing government departments, NGOs and industry.
- COBHAM SATCOM
- COLLECTE LOCALISATION SATELLITES (CLS)
- DANELEC MARINE
- TRANSAS MARINE
- UNITED KINGDOM HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE
CIRM is represented on the project by Richard Doherty and a consultant, initially Peter Blackhurst, now Andy Winbow, specifically on work packages 1 and 2.
The project is divided into 7 work packages:
- Measures to maximize impact – led by the Danish Maritime Authority
- Novel communication technologies – led by Cobham Satcom
- Maritime cloud – led by the Danish Maritime Authority
- E-navigation service – led by Danish Maritime Authority
- Administrative burdens and exhaust emissions – led by BIMCO
- Advanced e-navigation solutions in the Arctic and Baltic Sea Region – led by the Swedish Maritime Administration
- Project management – led by the Danish Maritime Administration
Each work package has a number of deliverables and the work is divided into tasks and sub-tasks.