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MaDaMe - Maritime Data Methods for Safe Shipping

MaDaMe - Maritime Data Methods for Safe Shipping

HELCOM statistics show an increase in the transport of dangerous cargoes in the congested waters of the Baltic Sea. Fairway users need reliable information exchange and messaging services to ensure safe and sustainable shipping. The aim of the MaDaMe project is to support national authorities responsible for maritime traffic management in developing common, cyber-secure, digital fairway services in the Baltic Sea Region. The results of the project will improve the availability of information needed for safe shipping, increase innovative business development in the maritime sector and facilitate the shared use of maritime space. 

Services and systems to be developed and piloted in the project: 

  • Digital Navigational Warnings 
  • Digital Aids to Navigation (AtoN)
  • Digital VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) services

The pilots will test the distribution of information on sea warnings, modifications and malfunctions as well as vessel traffic services in a standardized digital format directly to vessel navigation equipment. The service can be used to share up-to-date information on vessel movements to support crew decision-making. The services utilize MCP (Maritime Connectivity Platform) and VHF data transfer system (VDES) technologies, which are currently being standardized internationally. 

The MaDaMe project promotes standardization in IALA (International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities) and IHO (International Hydrographic Organization). The digital service solutions developed in the project will be compiled into a user guide that end users can use in different ways: maritime authorities in the Baltic Sea region can use online training material to implement their services, companies can build their new services and shipping companies can use to train their employees. The training material will also be freely available to other actors after the project has ended. 

Target groups: 

  • Maritime authorities 
  • Shipping companies
  • Digital service providers that develop equipment or solutions for public authorities or shipping companies
  • Standardization organizations