Large ships consume huge amounts of fossil fuel and thereby contribute to global warming. At the same time, fuel is the main cost component for many shipping companies. Therefore, boosting energy efficiency is a main driver for innovation in the shipping industry.
The Connected Ship project will build knowledge and enterprises that can successfully make the Nordic shipping industry more sustainable and create new Nordic export business models based on the maritime digitalization.
The goal of the project is to demonstrate a digitalization platform on board a ship by utilizating technology, platforms and experiences from smart city projects combined with maritime industry control systems, communication protocols and environmental prerequisites. This will also prepare the ships for future interaction with the smart society - harbors, trucks, cargo, passengers and other smart micro-systems.
Jan Boyesen, MDC (Maritime Development Center)
In May 2019 Nordic Innovation announced a call for proposals under the Nordic Smart and Mobility and Connectivity program. The call was meant to foster the establishment of Nordic innovation projects, new Nordic partnerships, value chains and/or business models that help to speed up the transition to a sustainable future, where Nordic citizens benefit from innovative mobility and connectivity solutions.
Nordic Innovation received 12 applications in response to the call, four of which were awarded support. The projects represent geographical variation, as well as a range of partners and project activities, in addition to the various transport modes.