E-navigation is defined as “the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment.”
The work conducted by the Organization during the last years lead to the identification of specific user needs and potential e-navigation solutions.
The e-navigation Strategy Implementation Plan (SIP), which was approved by MSC 94 in November 2014, contains a list of tasks required to be conducted in order to address 5 prioritized e-navigation solutions, namely:
improved, harmonized and user-friendly bridge design;
means for standardized and automated reporting;
improved reliability, resilience and integrity of bridge equipment and navigation information;
integration and presentation of available information in graphical displays received via communication equipment; and
improved Communication of VTS Service Portfolio (not limited to VTS stations).
It is expected that these tasks, when completed during the period 2015–2019, should provide the industry with harmonized information in order to start designing products and services to meet the e-navigation solutions.