Brian Mikkelsen (Photo: Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs)

Danish Projects Boost Maritime Digitalization

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Digital nautical charts and better communication at sea are some of the concrete solutions that can boost the development of the maritime sector.

Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, is pleased with the prospects of more digital cooperation across the EU when the results of the digitalization project are being presented at a conference in Copenhagen today and tomorrow.
Representatives from the maritime sector are gathered today for the final conference of the digitalization project EfficienSea2. For the last three years, partners across the EU have been working together to find solutions that can bring the digitalization of the maritime world forward. The project has included 32 partners from 12 countries and has, among other things, focused on the digital infrastructure at sea, digital safety information from authorities and on lessening administrative burdens for the industry through autonomous technology. Denmark has been at the forefront of the project.
Mikkelsen expects the project's results can be used to continue the effort for maritime digitalization: "An ambitious digitalization effort is one of the main objectives in the maritime domain, not just for Denmark but for the entire global industry. If that effort is to lead to a safer maritime world and fewer administrative burdens for the industry it will take both international cooperation and partnership between the private sector and the authorities. Common European projects can create fertile ground for development and now it is all about getting the industry, alongside authorities, to seize the opportunities created by EfficienSea2."
At the conference, the project partners demonstrate a wide range of solutions including how future nautical charts may work, why space weather can influence maritime communication systems and what significance the mariner's interaction with IT-solutions have at sea.
EfficienSea2 has been supported with funds from EU's Research- and Innovation Program Horizon2020 and have involved 13 Danish partners. Both the private and public partners involved in the project will now look into the possibilities of bringing the results forward in different ways.
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