e-Compliance brings maritime regulations into the 21st Century

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Paper boatsFollowing three years of research and development, the e-Compliance project, part funded by the FP7 programme, will present a number of key concepts it has developed at the forthcoming Maritime and Transport Infrastructure Conference in Latvia later this month.

Taking place on Friday 22nd April at the Swedbank Headquarters in Riga, a number of partners including BMT, TNO, Portic Barcelona, MARINTEK and Danaos, will take to the stage as part of a one-day workshop, delivering key presentations and demonstrations on activities which will help to increase efficiencies in maritime regulations.

Routinely used in electronic passports, web certificates, online banking etc., BMT will present the role electronic maritime certificates could play in preventing fraud and significantly improving the efficiency of certificate validation.  Stakeholders from the project will also demonstrate a prototype of the e-Compliance “Creation Tool”, a web-based text editor for the creation and querying of maritime regulations.  The tool utilises a newly created maritime thesaurus as a reference vocabulary which contains approximately 1,500 concepts in three languages, as well as semantic technology to extract from regulations the ‘target ship classes’ to which they apply.

The e-Compliance project will also highlight the business opportunities that can be realised through greater integration of Port Community Systems (PCS) and present a concrete software implementation for data exchange between the ports of Barcelona and Marseille.  In addition, representatives from Danaos, Inlecom Systems and PORTIC will discuss how integrating port and ship systems can help to simplify ship reporting and enhance the communication between ship agents and vessel crew.

Philipp Lohrmann, Project Manager for e-Compliance, said: “This conference provides us with a strong platform in which to showcase the work that has been done to date by the e-Compliance partners.  Facilitating tighter integration and co-operation within the fragmented field of maritime regulations has been at the forefront of the project and we hope to engage with key stakeholders to demonstrate how the concepts and models for managing regulations digitally can increase coherence and improve efficiencies.”

e-Compliance consists of 10 partners, all of which bring their own areas of knowledge and experience of working in the maritime space.  They include: BMT Group, DNV GL, Danaos Shipping Co, INLECOM Systems, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), TEMIS/Expert System, PORTIC Barcelona, Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt AS (MARINTEK), Marseille Gyptis International (MGI) and the Maritime Administration of Latvia.