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Korea takes over MCP

Dr Han-Jin Lee, head of the Korea-based SMART Navigation project office Dr Han-Jin Lee, head of the Korea-based SMART Navigation project office

Leadership of the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), developed as part of the EfficienSea2 digital navigation support programme in Europe, is to be passed over to the Korean SMART Navigation Project following the completion of the final EfficienSea2 conference in Copenhagen in April.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}MCP was a shared project involving a triumvirate of organisations, including the STM Project, SMART Navigation Project and EfficienSea2. With the European initiatives coming to the end of their development cycle the decision has been taken to invite the Korean SMART Navigation Project to take over the leadership of MCP and bring the platform for digital data exchange into its next phase.

“The EfficienSea2 project made a big leap in the maturity of the MCP and we would like to thank everyone involved,” said Dr Han-Jin Lee, head of the SMART Navigation project office, at the final Efficiensea2 conference.

“The MCP will not just be a test platform. It is to be a real life platform for real world services.”

The Maritime Connectivity Platform is a communication framework enabling electronic information exchange between maritime stakeholders across available communication systems.

It consists of the Maritime Service Registry, where service providers, both commercial and non-commercial, can offer digital products directly to maritime users via the platform if those users are registered in the MCP’s Identity Registry.

The final component of the MCP, the Maritime Messaging Service, will then automatically choose the most fitting means of communication to complete the transaction based on geo-location and available communication channels.

“We wanted to create a truly global solution for safe data exchange which is why we choose to cooperate with our partners,” said Bjørn Borbye Pedersen, director of e-Navigation at the Danish Maritime Authority and chairman of the EfficienSea2 board.

“We have been the lead architect and now, as the project ends, this coordinating role will go on to the SMART project. But we will still be happy to help secure trusted and safe data exchange.”{/mprestriction}

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