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MONALISA 2.0 – a strong influencer of e-Navigation

Published: February 01, 2015

e-Navigation underway is a key conference for the Sea Traffic Management (STM) part of MONALISA 2.0. The 2015 edition was held on 27-29 January on board the Pearl Seaways cruising from Copenhagen to Oslo and back. The conference was attended by 163 delegates, representing 26 countries and 112 organisations, and had 11 exhibitors, displaying the latest developments in e-Navigation.

More than 25% of the presentations mentioned MONALISA 2.0.

There were 25 presentations, two from MONALISA 2.0 and five with strong bonds.

Hans-Christoff Burmeister

Hans-Christoff Burmeister

Hans-Christoph Burmeister from project partner Fraunhofer presented the European Maritime Simulator Network (EMSN). The EMSN connects bridge simulators and will serve as a macro simulation environment to test and verify the feasibility and benefits of the Sea Traffic Management (STM) concept and its solutions.The EMSN uses a Distributed Interactive Simulation environment based on the international standard protocol for simulation networks IEEE 1278, an open standard. The main purpose of EMSN is to make a Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) of STM, however the EMSN itself is a sustainable investment in connecting ship handling simulators to provide long-term opportunities for FSAs and training even beyond MONALISA 2.0.

Mikael Lind

Mikael Lind

Mikael Lind from project partner Viktoria Swedish ICT talked about digital infrastructures for enabling Sea Traffic Management. STM is performed on multiple actor levels, where each engaged actor co-produces traffic management data necessary for coordination. These actors contribute to the integrated realization of individual performance targets of an intermodal Sea Transport ecosystem. STM puts an emphasis on interoperable and harmonized systems that allow a ship to operate in a safe and efficient manner from port to port with a minimal impact on the environment. STM seeks secure sea traffic flow and capacity optimisation. Mr. Lind summarised the five sub-concepts of STM and discussed the requirements for the underlying supporting infrastructure.

Geir Fagerhus

Geir Fagerhus

Geir Fagerhus of project partner MARSEC-XL was joined by Capt. Gisle Stava, Basto-Fosen Ferries. They described the successful testbed for the ferries between Morten and Hoss across the Oslo Fjord. Capt. Stava described how much fuel can be saved, how safety is improved and how customer satisfaction has increased. Mr. Fagerhus described the Internet of things at Sea and then in more detail the technical setup of the testbed using Maritime Cloud, SeaSWIM open architecture and the OpenBridgePlatform. Mr. Fagerhus suggested that an open platform and architecture is a must for a standard and that open source can be the base for cost efficient solutions.

Anders Rydlinger

Anders Rydlinger

Anders Rydlinger of project partner Transas talked about the future of ECDIS. The “I” might change meaning from Information to Integration and make ECDIS the onboard hub of e-Navigation. He also presented the MONALISA-developed changes included of the revision of the ECDIS standard IEC 61174 ed 4.0.

Jin Hyoung Park and Thomas Christensen

Jin Hyoung Park and Thomas Christensen

Jin Hyong Park of the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering, updated the audience on the Global e-Navigation test bed, which was initiated by Korea, Denmark and Sweden last year, and introduced a new sixth “digital ocean”.

Thomas Christensen of project partner DMA, presented the roadmap for the Maritime Cloud (MC). MC has been developed and refined in many projects like EffienSea, MONALISA (1), ACCSEAS and MONALISA 2.0. Much of the future work will happen in the new EU-funded EffienSea2-project. He urged the industry to build solutions on MC even before formal IMO approval of MC.

Geir Lyngheim Olsen

Geir Lyngheim Olsen

Geir Lyngheim Olsen of project partner Jeppesen discussed a vision how the industry could use the Maritime Cloud in a simpler way by supplying a Software Developers Kit. He calls this the “Android” approach and referred to other industry successes. Mr. Olsen also pointed out that not only IEC but also IHO will adopt the MONALISA-developed route exchange standard by the end of 2015.

MONALISA 2.0 and STM has a strong standing in the e-Navigation community

Out of the eleven exhibitors, five were members of the MONALISA 2.0 project, one is a part of the next project application, and one has written a Letter of Support for that application.

Out of 163 participants, 45 works for MONALISA 2.0 partners, 5 are part of the Advisory groups, 18 represents organisations that want to join as partners or associate partners in the next project and 16 comes from organisations that have written letters of support for the next project. That makes a total of 84 active project supporters out of 163 delegates.

A valuable network

There were plenty of time for networking and both formal and informal meetings were held with other projects and interested parties. The conference has strengthened the coming project application and the future of STM.

For more info please visit www.enavigation.net.

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