Get familiar with the EfficienSea2 project and find out how we have worked to fulfill the ambition of taking e-Navigation from testbeds to real-life implementation


EfficienSea2 has been led by the Danish Maritime Authority and had 32 dedicated partners from 12 countries in the Baltic Sea region and beyond, all carefully selected to ensure maximum impact of the developed solutions. The EfficienSea2 partner consortium united technical and human factor experts from the leading part of the maritime industry and academic institutions, European authorities and international standard-setting interest organisations. Together, we have created new and innovative solutions, transformed solutions into international standards and made solutions available all the way to our end users.

Executive Board for EfficienSea2
Aron Sørensen, Head of Maritime Technology & Regulation at BIMCO
Anders Rydlinger, Solution Director at Transas
Jan Michelsen, Vice President Maritime Business Unit at Cobham SATCOM (Thrane & Thrane)
Michael Card, Deputy Secretary-General at IALARichard Doherty – Deputy Secretary-General  at CIRM
Mikkel Hansen, Director of Maritime Development Center
Magnus Sundström, Project Leader at the Swedish Maritime Administration
Axel Hahn, Prof. Dr.-Ing. & Chairman Executive Board Transportation at OFFIS
Chairman: Bjørn Borbye Pedersen, director of e-Navigation at the Danish Maritime Authority


The overall aim of our EfficienSea2 project has been to create and implement innovative and smart solutions for efficient, safe and sustainable traffic at sea through improved connectivity for ships. Information exchange between ships and shore is unstable, costly and marked by old technology and non-standardised solutions. This increases the risk of accidents, inefficiency and administrative burdens. Also, incentives to comply with emission regulations are limited, which adversely impacts the environment. The need for operational solutions in the maritime domain is significant.

EfficienSea2 has been a demonstrator in the Arctic and Baltic Sea and the first generation of a coherent e-Navigation solution. Through global collaboration, use of open-source software and an explicit aim for standardised solutions, Efficiensea2 has paved the way for a global roll-out of e-Navigation.

EfficienSea2 has developed the essential solutions that are the prerequisites for taking e-Navigation from testbeds to real-life implementation: Safety- and efficiency-boosting end user services, platforms for services, a groundbreaking Maritime Connectivity Platform and smart communication channels. That is, the first generation of a coherent e-Navigation solution.

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To reach real-life implementation and maximum impact of developed solutions, we have worked to create and promote new international standards and globally accepted best practices. In the EU and around the world, a steady stream of e-Navigation and e-Maritime solutions in different shapes and sizes is being produced. In order to gain the full potential of such solutions, a certain level of standardisation needs to be introduced. This will enable harmonised services from multiple providers that appear the same to the end user. Today, the navigator has to switch between multiple services, service providers and interfaces, which causes distress.

A navigator will be able to use the same METOC service throughout the entire route, although imperceptibly using different service providers and data sources along the way.

At EfficienSea2 we have transformed our developed solutions into international standards and globally accepted best practices, where possible. Direct work by partners in standard-setting organisations such as IALA, IEC, IHO, ITU and WMO as well as influencing the regulative regimes in the EU and IMO in particular will be important outputs of the project.

In the press

The press and various maritime media have talked about EfficienSea2 and our developed solutions. Take a look at the articles below to find out what they have been saying.


  • EfficienSea2 ran from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2018, 36 months’ duration all together.
  • The budget amounted to 11.5 million euros of which 9.8 million euros had been granted by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 636329.
  • EfficienSea2 has been focused on the Baltic Sea and Arctic waters, but paved the way for a global roll-out of e-Navigation solutions.
  • The number of man months totalled 1164, distributed among the 32 EfficienSea2 partners.
  • EfficienSea2 has been a Flagship Project in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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