Transformation across the maritime industry

Advances across the maritime industry are driving autonomy, connectivity and smarter use of our oceans.

The innovation happening today is underpinning the maritime decisions of tomorrow. Onshore, users will be able to make more effective decisions using dynamic, real-time data; along the coast, smart ports will allow for more efficient, optimised operations; and at sea, mariners will have access to even richer data so they can navigate with precision and confidence. 

To empower users for the future, we're continuing to collaborate to develop the next generation of maritime solutions. With data science, cutting-edge technology and new data standards, we're unlocking the power of maritime information so that the users of tomorrow can work more effectively and sustainably in the ocean space.

Data standards of the future

Whilst innovation provides opportunities for the maritime industry, the international hydrographic community’s next generation of data standards is being put in place to capitalise on these opportunities - turning vast volumes of raw data into verified, trusted and timely information about our oceans.

More insightful, more usable information that is readable and actionable by both humans and machines alike, for safe, secure and thriving oceans.

We remain committed to supporting the safety of mariners across the globe and have created a range of S-100 trial data sets that are free to download - designed to support your development, testing and use of future S-100 products and services.

Autonomous navigation

Autonomous vessels could transform shipping: increasing efficiency, safety and sustainability across the maritime industry.

Driven by innovation in autonomy, connectivity and digitalisation, this technology is growing at a rapid rate. In fact, we predict that this sector will be worth £11bn and employ 554k people by 2030. To support this growth, we have contributed to vital testing and research projects that have laid the foundations for their use in a commercial environment.

Looking to the future, we will lead the development of the next navigation products for autonomous ships, support the creation of standards that will govern their use and work with partners across defence to leverage autonomous technology to support peace and prosperity around the world.

Digital twin

As the needs of the maritime community evolve, we need to find ways to support the development of innovative solutions that could enhance our use of the marine environment.

Digital twins can support this aim by creating a digital representation of a physical object or an environment, such as a ship or port, that can be maintained with real-time data. This provides shipping companies, port operators and others with accurate environments to test new ideas without the need for disruptive and costly physical tests.

We have been working with the marine community to build a number of these digital twins, utilising our data and expertise to create accurate testing environments for the latest development across the Blue Economy.