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EfficienSea2 aims for global Navigational Warnings data standard

Data is available via the BalticWeb platform Data is available via the BalticWeb platform

The EU’s EfficienSea2 project has announced that it is testing a system for digitalising Navigational Warnings that it intends to propose as a global standard, based on the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) S-124 draft standard for Navigational Warnings.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), the leaders of the EfficienSea2 project, have announced the planned introduction of the system for Navigational Warnings and Notices to Mariners for use by seafarers planning to navigate Danish Waters (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).

“We are very pleased that we are able to do our small part in securing shared standards for the practical implementation of e-Navigation,” said Mads Bentzen Billesø, project manager at EfficienSea2.

“A shared reference is of the utmost importance so my colleagues at sea will be able to be updated on upcoming hazards without needing to adapt to each new national or regional implementation.”

The data, formatted using the new standard, will be made available by the Danish authorities through the DMA website or via EfficienSea2’s web platform BalticWeb. The Navigational Warnings and Notices to Mariners can be accessed on computers, tablets and smartphones when seafarers are connected to the internet, or offline when the warnings are downloaded to the device.

Equipment manufacturers and service providers involved in the project are also preparing to implement navigational warnings on their systems using the S-124 standard, to make the data available on commercial platforms on board, such as chart displays.

“We believe that first movers with this new standard will have a competitive edge when it comes to providing fast and reliable data to their customers. The standard, when agreed upon within the IHO, will make it easier to ensure data consistency across maritime boundaries and that is a benefit to us all,” said Mr Bentzen Billesø.{/mprestriction}

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