EfficienSea2 Project: a summary

By Andy Winbow, CIRM EfficienSea2 Consultant

Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – EfficienSea2

The EfficienSea2 project commenced at the beginning of May 2015 and is scheduled to complete at the end of October 2018.

Objectives (Link)

The overall objective is to create and deploy innovative solutions for safer and more efficient waterborne operations. With a total of seven specific objectives all interacting within one framework, the project aims to:

  1. Create and implement a ground-breaking communication framework – the ‘Maritime Cloud’ that will enhance information sharing in and around the maritime sector for smarter traffic management, facilitating a comprehensive e-maritime and e-navigation environment, enabling the maritime internet of things.
  2. Identify, develop, test and, where possible, standardize and implement e-navigation solutions that will reduce the risk of accidents, especially in dense waterways, as well as increase the efficiency of the transport chain.
  3. Develop, test and, where possible, implement e-maritime solutions for automated reporting and efficient port information and, thus, minimize delays and turnaround times as well as administrative burdens.
  4. Create and implement navigational support services and a new self-organizing emergency response solution in remote and difficult environments such as the Arctic in order to reduce the risk of loss of life.
  5. Develop solutions to monitor emissions with a focus on SOx and conduct validation trials in the Baltic Sea Region.
  6. Create innovative and cost-effective solutions with novel communication technology to deal with ships’ challenge of getting access to information services at a reasonable price, especially in remote places such as the Arctic.
  7. Set the technical and governance standard for the above areas, particularly in regards to e-navigation solutions.

There are four focus areas for the project (link):

  1. End user services
  2. Platform displays
  3. Communication and service framework
  4. Communication channels

EfficienSea2 Project consortium partners list

There are 32 partners in the consortium representing government departments, NGOs and industry.


CIRM Members


CIRM is represented on the project by Richard Doherty and a consultant, initially Peter Blackhurst, now Andy Winbow, specifically on work packages 1 and 2.

The Project

The project is divided into 7 work packages:

  1. Measures to maximize impact – led by the Danish Maritime Authority
  2. Novel communication technologies – led by Cobham Satcom
  3. Maritime cloud – led by the Danish Maritime Authority
  4. E-navigation service – led by Danish Maritime Authority
  5. Administrative burdens and exhaust emissions – led by BIMCO
  6. Advanced e-navigation solutions in the Arctic and Baltic Sea Region – led by the Swedish Maritime Administration
  7. Project management – led by the Danish Maritime Administration

Each work package has a number of deliverables and the work is divided into tasks and sub-tasks.

Key project deliverables of possible interest to CIRM members

D1.4       Report on relevant ongoing external projects and testbeds
D1.5       Report on ongoing standardization work relevant to the project
D2.1       Report on status on development of VDES
D2.2       Field demonstration of a prototype VDES
D2.3       Report on tech characteristics and limitations achieved for VDES
D2.4       Analysis report – available and emerging comms technologies
D2.5       Report – space weather effects on comms & positioning services
D2.6       Report on space weather forecast warning service
D2.7       Concept and specification for seamless roaming
D2.8       Specification of the interface to maritime cloud
D2.9       Results of simulation and onboard testing
D2.10     Onboard system integration architecture
D2.11     Specification of protocols for ship-to-shore comms
D2.12     Prototype demonstration of ship-to-shore comms roaming
D3.4       Service specification, including MSDL
D3.6       Standard proposal for Maritime Cloud service specification
D3.7       Technical specification of the Maritime Cloud
D3.8       Reviewed technical specification
D3.9       Alpha release – source code and documentation
D3.10     Final beta release – source code and documentation
D4.1       Prototype operational framework – ArcticWeb and BalticWeb
D4.3       Operational MSI/NM (T&P) service
D4.5       Operational METOC service
D4.7       Prototype service for delivering naut. charts & updates in S101
D4.8       Results for tests analysis with sensor data and analysis
D4.9       A prototype route optimization service
D4.10     Operational ice chart service
D5.1       Draft S-100 product specification for common port reporting
D5.2       Demo -prototype application for automated port reporting
D5.3       Development of new common port database concept & structure
D5.4       Report on online tests of ship data transfer
D5.6       Report on the available technologies and sensors that can be utilized in the new system and on business model on incentives for monitoring and enforcement
D5.7       Report on online land-based system tests and ship-based tests
D5.8       Working prototype of online sensor with cloud-based algorithm
D6.1       Basic route handling/exchange service
D6.2       Route reporting to VTS service
D6.5       Improved route handling/exchange capabilities in ArcticWeb
D6.6       Report- live position-sharing & crowdsourcing
D6.8       Report on human factor aspects of e-navigation services
D6.9       Report on studies of the use of “comfort zone” and “no-go areas”
D6.10     Report – advancements in METOC models and uncertainty estimates

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