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EfficienSea 2 Report Summary

Project ID: 636329
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EfficienSea 2 (EfficienSea 2 - Efficient, Safe and Sustainable Traffic at Sea)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The overall objective of the project is to co-create and deploy innovative solutions for safety and more efficient waterborne operations. The consortium together with its High Level User Group is in an excellent position to maximise the impact of project innovation. With a total of seven objectives all interacting within one framework, the project is well on its way to:

1. Create and implement a ground-breaking communication framework - the 'Maritime Cloud' which enhances information sharing in and around the maritime sector for smarter traffic management, facilitating a comprehensive e-maritime and e-navigation environment, that enables a maritime Internet of Things framework.
2. Identify, develop, test, and, where possible, standardise and implement 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 which minimizes delays and turnaround times as well as reduces administrative burdens both for the mariner on the ship and the authorities on shore.
4. Create and implement navigational support services and a new self-organising emergency response solution in remote and difficuelt 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 communication solutions at sea, VDES, which will enable increased 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, particulary in regards to e-navigation solutions.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

All milestones have been reached. The important milestone at M18 was reached, enabling the planned development of service and other Maritime Cloud dependent outcomes pending in the latter half of the project.
Regarding project deliverables 24 out of 25 have been submitted. The 25th unfortunately is delayed by three months. The delay will not affect the Work package in question, nor any of the other WPs in the project.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

A major outcome of the project so far is the fact that we have further developed the Maritime Cloud potential impact, as the MC identity registry will enable an even faster adoption than anticipated. As an example we will already in the beginning of the second period of the project be able to investigating the possibility of federating international organisations membership registrations into the maritime cloud. This means that all BIMCO member organisations and individuals will be able to login the maritime cloud framework using their login details as has been registered in the BIMCO user database, opening up for all members to provide and consume services in the Maritime Cloud.

Attached as Figure 6-12 are the infographics created to promote the project, the MAritime Cloud, enhanced communication channels and the end user services it enables.

Expected impact (from DoA)
EfficienSea2 will take state-of-the-art knowledge, apply the expertise and workforce of unique composition of partners, and provide tangible deliverables such as standards and demonstrated prototypes of prdocuysts close to market. Together with first generation provision of information services supported by the Maritime Cloud, as well as live demonstrations of the value of modernized information service provisions, the partner consortium will be in a very good position to achieve broad adoption in the maritime domain

Impact from deliverables
Figure 4. 'EfficienSea2 - Path to impact' shows how we expect the projects' innovation to impact maritime domain. The figure groups the project deliverables in terms of which impact the solutions will primarily contribute to.
- 2018 - year one after the project where the impact will be in the two target areas;
- 2020 where the global impact will really begin to appear;
- and 2025 where the impact will have taken off globally

In addition to the service solutions, the project will produce vital enables of enhanced information service provision and discovery. The Maritime Cloud will make service easily accessible, promoting fast track adoption and uptake by service providers, equipment manufacturers and end users. The development of orbust, reliable and resilient communication, based on speeing up ongoing technology developments and integrating the utilization of different technologies, will further contribute to maximizing the impact of not only project services, but all e-maritime, e-navigation and other safety services that choose to utilise the new framework for the provision of enhanced service solutions.

The 13 commercial partners in the consortium will be investing their own time and money in the project because it will strengthen their competitiveness and bring them future business opportunities, such as the following:
- Matirime service providers will be able to use the Maritime Cloud service specifications and strandardisation to create value added services. Some will be public service obligations, free of charge, while others will comprise new source of income. Service providers will also be able to completely rethink service needs and identify new services that target as yet unmet demands. Some of the project partners that are providing services are aready familiar with sellng their services to market. In the development of the Maritime Cloud the market aspect will be one of the aspects dealt with. The ambition is to create a whole new market place for services.
- Maritime equipment and system suppliers will have a copetitive advantage if they are first to understand and implement the new generation of harmonized, value-adding services in their systems. The project partners in this group will bring innovations to market by making new generations of their systems or offering retrofits of their existing systems.
- Communication equipment manufacturers will have an opportunity to get close to market with new equipment, enabling new communication channels of intelligent roaming through an integrated network, representing truly user-led and market requested innovations that can contribute to driving down costs of maritime communication. The innovation will be brought to market by the project partners in this group. The partners are already operating in the target market but their offerings will be new.
- Shipowners operating in EU waters will be first movers on the solutions delivered by the project. Strengthened efficiency and lower administrative burdens will increase their competitiveness compared to other modes of transportation and other regions.

The three international organisations in the consortium anticipate that the outputs of this project will have the potential to become a game changer for their members. They are this participating in the project in order to influence the future market conditions for their members.

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