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IALA guidelines to harmonise maritime tech development

The IALA (International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities) Council has adopted a new specification guideline for digital services in the maritime domain, based on input from the EfficienSea2 project led by the Danish Maritime Administration.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new guidelines will aim to provide a framework to harmonise digital services in the maritime industry to avoid innovation in different formats hindering interoperability between systems and across different regions.

The guideline was proposed to the IALA Council by the organisation’s e-Navigation Committee’s 20th session in Paris.

“In order for digital services to truly be beneficial at sea, there is no question about the need for interoperability and globalisation, but we cannot get that without having a shared reference. We are confident that this guideline will serve as that reference in the future,” said Thomas Christensen, work package leader for EfficienSea2 and senior advisor at the Danish Maritime Authority.

“The specification guideline is general and it will be very useful for a wide range of maritime services. The main ambition is to make it easier and more viable to take the service you’ve developed within a specific country and make it usable in other parts of the world.”

The ‘IALA guideline on the specification of e-Navigation technical services’ will be made available on IALA’s website and through the national authorities that make up IALA.{/mprestriction}

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