The EU e-Maritime Initiative

e-Maritime overview


Maritime transport is a major economical contributor in the EU as well as a necessary component for the facilitation of international and interregional trade on which the European economy is strongly dependent.
The EU e-Maritime initiative[1], is seen as a cornerstone for the achievement of the strategic goals of the EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2018 and related policies,  recognising the critical role of ICT for productivity and innovation, and anticipating a new era of e-business solutions, based on integrated ICT systems and tools.

Whereas “e-Maritime” stands for internet based interactions between all the different stakeholders in the maritime sector, the EU e-Maritime initiative is aimed at supporting the development of European capabilities, strategies and policies facilitating the adoption of upgraded “e-Maritime” solutions in support of an efficient and sustainable waterborne transport system fully integrated in the overall European transport system.

Upgraded e-Maritime solutions should facilitate decision making and information exchange between different stakeholder groups involved in:

1.  Improving the safety and security of maritime transport services and assets and environmental protection.
2.  Increasing the competitiveness of the EU maritime transport industry and strengthening the EU presence on the international scene.
3.  Integrating sustainable waterborne transport services into efficient door-to-door transport services in Europe and beyond.
4.  Reinforcing the human factor particularly supporting competence development and welfare for seafarers.        
The ultimate goal for the EU e-Maritime initiative is to make maritime transport safer, more secure, more environmentally friendly and more competitive by improving knowledge, facilitating business networking, and dealing with externalities.
 A specific focus for e-Maritime is 
 increasing the efficiency of compliance 
 to various   reporting regulations. These
 requirements are summarised in the 
 following reports (excel tables with 
 regulations per stakeholder)
The scope of the EU e-Maritime initiative illustrated in Figure 2 encompasses the following domains:

1.  Improved Administration Domain Applications:
a.  Common Reporting Interface including dynamic integration with Single Windows;
b.  Integrated Maritime Surveillance for cargo and ship movements facilitating EU and national administrations to collaborate in safety, security and environmental risk management.  
2.  Improved Business Domain Applications:
a.  Improved Shipping Operations;
b.  Improved Port Operations;
c.  Integration into Logistic chains;
d.  Promotion of seafaring profession.

The EU e-Maritime initiative is also closely aligned with the objectives of TEN-T programme aimed at developing an efficient trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to support the re-launched Lisbon strategy for competitiveness and employment in Europe. The TEN-T programme is the main instrument for EU financing of transport infrastructure developments including Motorways of the Sea which invariably rely on advanced ICT integration technologies. The TEN-T can therefore be seen an important route to the actual application of e-Mar