The European Union has approved a Denmark-led maritime innovation project, which is aimed to improve safety of navigation and increase efficiency at sea.
With a budget of kr85m ($12.70m), the triennial maritime project will focus on innovation and further development of services.
The declaration of support from the EU read as: "There’s no doubt that this project is ground-breaking and holds a high potential for innovation.
"This will pave the way to, and fast-track to, the introduction and use of modern communication, navigation and administrative systems that better match the companies’ requirements for efficiency and increased safety, as well as improved usability."
The project will be led by the Danish Maritime Authority and 13 Danish partners will become frontrunners of the project.
An important part of the project includes the development of a communication tool, Maritime Cloud, which is aimed to strengthen the exchange of information in and around the maritime sector.
In addition, the project would see the development of several new digital services within the areas of navigation and automatic ship emission reporting and monitoring.
It will also result in the creation of more inexpensive and efficient communication channels at sea.
The primary interest of EU in this project includes lifting e-Navigation from the prototype level to real implementation in the Baltic Sea and Arctic waters. The EU has granted an amount of kr73.5m ($10.98m) for the project.
The project consortium comprises a total of 32 partners from 12 different EU countries.
Image: The project will develop a new communication tool that is aimed to strengthen the exchange of information in and around the maritime sector. Photo: courtesy of the Danish Maritime Authority.