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Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium established

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) has been launched this month to bring common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.  

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems. MCC is an open and vendor-neutral technology. 

In 2015, EfficienSea2, the STM Validation project, and the SMART Navigation project joined together on the common use and further development of technology. An MCP testbed was established as a result, which has near to 100 member organisations.

MCP addresses goals of the e-navigation initiative of IMO, but the ambition is for the MCP to support digitalisation in the Maritime domain at large.

The consortium relies on the Internet concept of Web Services and with special services for identity management and service management supporting the IMO concept of Maritime Services.   The MCP supports actors to use digital services to exchange public as well as private information. Potential commercial and non-commercial institutions can become provider of the MCP using their own installations of the MCP.

The MCC is established as neutral and independent consortium of interested parties. It will act as the coordinator for the provision of guidelines and standards. The MCC adopts 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 initial consortium consists of OFFIS, Germany, KRISO, Republic of Korea, RISE, Sweden, University of Copenhagen, 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.{/mprestriction}

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