eMaritime solutions include networking of buyers, sellers, financial institutions, carriers, freight forwarders and surveyors to conclude a transaction on the same electronic page. On-line services include shipping news, commodity and foreign exchange prices, legal and insurance services, e-crewing, e-bunkering, e-maintenance and e-procurement.
Lack of interoperability is common problem across different sectors. In shipping it creates barriers to utilising ICT applications to increase the operational efficiency of ships and ports and to enable innovative solutions to increase economic and environmental, performance.
Key challenges include:
Commonly valuable information exists in isolated pockets of single groups of users or within the confines of
single Administrations; such information needs to be made available so as to be aggregated and filtered on
a needs basis for various businesses and administrations.
Ship, port and logistics operators and national administrations have to develop several adaptors (often with
limited useful life) to integrate with a plethora of different systems they encounter in their day to day
Integration cost penalties affects particularly SMEs because they need access to information systems that
are often closed and different from company to company or port to port.