Neutral digital maritime platform launches

Neutral digital maritime platform launches

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCP) was launched on Friday. The platform is an open source technology. The digital maritime domain aims to bring common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.

“MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems,” a press release stated.

The platform has been evolving for a number of years. Four years ago three projects collaborated – two from the EU and one from South Korea. Since then nearly 100 organisations have signed up to the neutral platform.

The MCP itself initially addresses the goals of the e-navigation initiative of IMO, but the ambition is for the platform to support digitalisation in the maritime domain at large.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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