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.