Digital services in the maritime industry have taken many forms over the year, thus not being universal  between different systems and across different geographical spheres. With the new specification guideline has been adopted, IALA wants to enhance digital services.

The guideline was proposed to the IALA Council by the organisation’s e-Navigation Committee’s 20th session in Paris and can be used for many different kinds of services:

“The specification guideline is general and it will be very useful for a wide range of maritime services. The main ambition is to make it easier and more viable to take the service you’ve developed within a specific country and make it usable in other parts of the world,” Thomas Christensen, Work Package Leader for EfficienSea2 and Senior Advisor at the Danish Maritime Authority noted.

The new specification guideline complies with the MCP (formerly known as Maritime Cloud) and will be able to provide a path for a company with global ambitions:

“The service specification guideline will boost interoperability across the world and, once you achieve that, you need a solution for actually finding the trustworthy and secure services across the world. In EfficienSea2 we believe MCP is such a solution”, Mr. Christensen added.