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.
Denmark and Norway are global leaders in maritime industry. Sweden on the other hand has a strong maritime cluster of technology suppliers and is a power house within sensors, IT networks and connectivity technologies while Finland is a strong cluster for Clean Tech, ship building and maritime equipment. At the same time, all the Nordic countries are leaders in digitalization.
This 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 published 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.
We received 12 applications from a wide range of Nordic actors working with smart mobility and connectivity and after careful consideration, with the help of extern evaluation panel consisting of experts from all the Nordic countries, four projects were approved for funding. The four projects receiving funding of up to NOK 4 million, represent a variation of transport modes, geography, types of partners and project activities.