SECMAR – Secure Digitalisation for Sustainable Maritime Transport
The maritime industry is becoming more connected and more dependent on advanced technology. As maritime players are undergoing severe digital transformation, it now permeates everything from whole systems to individual devices. The availability of large amounts of data has changed the way vessels operate. Navigation systems, machinery, cargo, passengers and safety systems play an important role in optimising ship operations. Ports are expected to become more interconnected with ships in an attempt to optimise navigations and trade. In midst of this rapid digitalisation, critical technologies, improved systems and adapted practices will be required to meet security standards.
Thus, the idea for the project arose with the goal of tackling these challenges. The approach of the project is to organise a collaborative, proactive and solution-oriented response. Science Parks and Clusters have a good knowledge about the local environment and can connect and represent ship owners, port officials, companies and maritime researchers. Meanwhile, through a proactive approach these partners can synthesize the needs of the industry with the knowledge from research and capabilities of relevant suppliers. This will result in practical solutions tailored to the specific needs of the maritime industry as a whole and individual maritime stakeholders specifically and will lead to a secure digitalisation of the maritime transport system addressing both shipping companies and ports, but also to the consolidation of a joint long-term virtual innovation hub for continued work towards increased security.
Furthermore, the project should not be seen as an innovation or SME type of project, rather the approach is to involve different stakeholders in solving problems connected to cybersecurity as part of risks connected to the rapid digitalisation of the maritime transport/sector, enabling innovation and focusing research ambitions are tools for identifying and developing solutions.
It is also important to highlight that the field of cybersecurity in maritime transport is an emerging field; this means the project is highly proactive, strategic and ‘early’. Taking action now is important in minimizing future risks and threats, while also positioning the South Baltic area as a hub for developing cybersecurity solutions.
Project duration: 01 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2021.
ERDF: 703,892.08 EUR.