DFDS engaged in work to standardise and ease communication between ships, authorities and service providers

On 8 February DFDS signed on to join the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) as its first commercial member, to further contribute to the development of standards for secure information exchange


Communication with ships is burdened by a jungle of systems, services and stakeholders, including port authorities, agencies, traffic control and meteorological offices, as well as suppliers of equipment and services. As secure information exchange is important for safety as well as for operational efficiency, DFDS signed on to join the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) as its first commercial member on 8 February.

The consortium itself was also established on this date with a signing ceremony at the ‘e-navigation underway 2019’ conference on Pearl Seaways. This is an extension of the ongoing cooperation on the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), an open source and vendor-neutral technology for the digital maritime domain that DFDS has been involved in developing. The MCP brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems and enables infrastructure for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange.

Further evolution of the Maritime Connectivity Platform

Thomas Christensen, Secretary General of the MCC, said: “We are looking forward to continuing the cooperation with DFDS and, hopefully before long other shipping companies, in the future development of MCP. We envisage that the commercial members of the consortium will give a crucial contribution to the further evolution of the platform, thereby ensuring that the platform meets their requirements.”

An MCP testbed has been running for several years and is evolving rapidly, with nearly 100 organisations having signed up to it. In around 2015, the development escalated significantly, when three large projects collaborated on the common use and development of technology. These were the ‘EfficienSea2’ and ‘STM Validation’ projects funded by the EU and the ‘SMART Navigation project’ funded by the Republic of Korea.

Mads Bentzen Billesø (right), Senior Project Manager, DFDS Innovation and Technology, said: “I am very happy we can continue our active involvement in the development of the platform, initially planning DFDS contribution on services for, Near-Miss management, voyage optimisation and automated reporting.” With Axel Hahn (left) from OFFIS Research Institute


The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea (MOF) are joining the consortium as governmental observers.

See the full press release here.

March 13, 2019