Consortium aims at harmonising e-navigation standards

Sarah Carter

11 February 2019

A consortium of academic and research organisations aimed at harmonising research and standards around e-navigation was established at the 9th e-Navigation Underway International conference held last week by the Danish Maritime Authority in cooperation with IALA.

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) will act as the coordinator for the provision of guidelines and standards. It has adopted the open structure of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and interested parties are encouraged to join these initiatives and bring in their visions and competencies. The MCC was established to further the aims of The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP).


MCP itself initially addresses the goals of the e-navigation initiative of IMO, but the ambition is for the MCP to support digitalisation in the Maritime domain at large.s an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.

MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems. MCP is an open and vendor-neutral technology. The MCP, has been evolving for a number of years. Around 2015, the development escalated significantly, when three large projects collaborated on the common use and further development of the technology. These were the EU projects ‘EfficienSea2’ and ‘STM Validation project’ and ‘SMART Navigation project’ funded by the Korean government. During these projects an MCP testbed was established, which now has been running for several years, and nearly 100 organisations have signed up to the platform.

The founding members of the new consortium are the research organisation OFFIS, Germany, KRISO, Republic of Korea, RISE, Sweden and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The General Lighthouse Authorities of UK and Ireland. The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) and the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea (MOF) are joining as Governmental Observers.