Cruise ship in a fjord.

The Connected Ship

2019 - 2021 Active

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.

Project partners

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Mobile Heights

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Vaasa Region Development Company 

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Svenskt Marintekniskt Forum

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Beijer Electronics

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Maersk Tankers

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Life Finder

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Sea IT

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Accelerated Growth

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MDC (Maritime Development Center)

Contact person

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.


Portrait Nina Egeli

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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Mikael von Dorrien

Senior Innovation Adviser
Mikael has long experience working within the field of hightech startups. With a background from Swedish Almi Invest, he has in depth knowledge of the startup investor market. Since 2014 Mikael has worked at Nordic Innovation with entrepreneurship, Nordic Innovation Houses and now the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.