S. Korea hopes to host consortium secretariat for maritime connectivity platform

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2019-02-08 12:41 Updated : 2019-02-08 12:41
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[The maritime connectivity platform]

SEOUL -- As a key founding member, South Korea hopes to host a five-nation consortium in charge of managing and standardizing a new digital communications platform for transmitting maritime safety and route data for e-navigation.

The maritime connectivity platform (MCP) consortium, founded Friday in Copenhagen, involves research bodies and government agencies in South Korea, Denmark, Sweden, Britain and Germany, according to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

South Korea, which has launched a state project to put a smart maritime navigation system into service in 2021, hopes to host the MCP consortium secretariat and its first general meeting, the ministry said.

MCP is a communication framework enabling efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange between all authorized maritime stakeholders across available communication systems. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) plans to adopt e-navigation after 2020.

Once considered as a cloud platform, MCP has grown into a fully-fledged communications service for transmitting safety and route data. Route sharing and data exchanging are key elements of e-navigation, and MCP is a hub that links end-users and stakeholders with navigation information services and providers.