Maritime informatics

Maritime Informatics studies the usage and utilisation of digital systems within the maritime sector and how it can lead to increased efficiency of operations, safer shipping and greater profitability for the industry.

Shipping is based on the interaction between different stakeholders and digitalisation has facilitated integration between different maritime stakeholders, such as shipping companies, ports and purchasers of transport. Maritime informatics can facilitate for other prioritised areas, the entire transport system and for different areas of maritime operations.

Two important aspects of the maritime transport system, where digitalisation creates opportunities, are efficiency and safety of maritime activities. New stakeholders have been introduced, creating opportunities for improved integration between different systems in different parts of the digitally connected ship, between ships, with onshore assistance (e.g. remote operation and detection of route deviation) as well as between different onshore devices.

Digital platforms must provide an environment that facilitates sharing of information based on trust among involved stakeholders. By providing information from various sources, opportunities for innovation by new and existing stakeholders are created as well as opportunities for third-party developers, who would offer innovative services and increased safety. Thus, Maritime Informatics addresses safety issues - for maritime operations and collaboration in information.

Important areas:

  • Distribution and recovery of data streams from various sources (such as sensors, Automatic Identification System (AIS), future AIS systems, crowdsourcing).
  • Analysis of large amounts of data from various data sources (sensor fusion), which can be used to identify and create new, more or less technology- influenced innovations (decision support systems, streamlining of management, etc.).
  • Digital platforms for information and service interaction.
  • Legal and commercial conditions for increased information collaboration between maritime stakeholders
  • Maritime safety – to understand and overcome the challenges that exist for different data owners to share such information that has previously been considered a competitive advantage.