Representatives from maritime technology companies and industry stakeholders met in London for the first meeting of the Smart Maritime Council. This is a new initiative created by the Smart Maritime Network to drive collaboration and standardisation for the development of IT systems in the shipping industry.
Smart Maritime Network was created in January 2019, with the aim to boost the benefits of improved integration and data sharing among stakeholders within the maritime and transport logistics sectors. It also provides a platform to inform the industry about technological developments and innovations, as well as opportunities for relationship building and knowledge sharing.
At the core of the initiative is the Smart Maritime Council, which includes maritime technology developers, systems integrators and other key stakeholders. The council will hold a series of meetings to discuss areas of collaboration on issues regarding the compatibility, standardisation and harmonisation of the technology in today’s shipping industry.
The council also consists of ship operators, who provide the end-user’s opinion on maritime technology development and help guide the Council’s discussions by ensuring that shipping companies’ real-world operational requirements are key in future IT development.
Overall, the Smart Maritime Council will hold five more meetings in 2019. Conclusions from these meetings related to future technology, and guidance on improving systems integration, will be shared with the maritime industry via four regional conferences throughout the year.
Some of the founding members of the Smart Maritime Council include: