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Core objectives

e-navigation looks at onboard, ashore and communications elements.

On board, navigation systems that benefit from the integration of own ship sensors, supporting information, a standard user interface, and a comprehensive system for managing guard zones and alerts. Core elements of such a system will include, actively engaging the mariner in the process of navigation to carry out his/her duties in a most efficient manner, while preventing distraction and overburdening.

Ashore, the management of vessel traffic and related services from ashore enhanced through better provision, coordination, and exchange of comprehensive data in formats that will be more easily understood and utilized by shore-based operators in support of vessel safety and efficiency; and

Communications, an infrastructure providing authorized seamless information transfer on board ship, between ships, between ship and shore and between shore authorities and other parties with many related benefits.

e-navigation aims to:

  • Facilitate the safe and secure navigation of vessels by improved traffic management, and through the promotion of better standards for safe navigation.
  • Improve the protection of the marine and coastal environment from pollution.
  • Enable higher efficiency and reduced costs in transport and logistics.
  • Improve contingency response, - and search and rescue services.
  • Enhance management and usability of information onboard and ashore to support effective decision making, and to optimize the level of administrative workload for the mariner.

To achieve these objectives, there is a need to:

  • Enhance vessel traffic services and management.
  • Enhance ship-ship, shore-ship and ship-shore communications.
  • Demonstrate defined parameters appropriate to a safety-critical system.
  • Improve the human-machine interface.
  • Improve human resource management.
  • Facilitate global coverage, interoperability, consistent standards and  arrangements.

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