APRIL 30, 2015 — The EU has approved a Danish-led, maritime innovation project with a budget of DKK 85 million, that promises to "function as a showcase of the global unleashing of e-Navigation solutions."
The idea of e-Navigation has been kicking around IMO's MSC since 1985 and has been defined by the committee as "the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment."
The Danish Maritime Authority is to lead the EU new project. It says that and an important part of it consists in the development of the ground-breaking "Maritime Cloud" – a communication tool that will strengthen the exchange of information in and around the maritime sector.
The project is also expected to develop a wide range of new digital services within the areas of navigation and automatic ship emission reporting and monitoring that will increase efficiency.
Finally, the project focuses on the development of more inexpensive and more efficient communication channels at sea – such as intelligent use of the most inexpensive communication channel available and the development of an entirely new cost-effective communication channel referred to as VDES (VHF Data Exchange System).