SECMAR – Secure Digitalisation for Sustainable Maritime Transport

Project description

The maritime industry is becoming more connected and more dependent on advanced technology. As maritime players are undergoing severe digital transformation, it now permeates everything from whole systems to individual devices. The availability of large amounts of data has changed the way vessels operate. Navigation systems, machinery, cargo, passengers and safety systems play an important role in optimising ship operations. Ports are expected to become more interconnected with ships in an attempt to optimise navigations and trade. In midst of this rapid digitalisation, critical technologies, improved systems and adapted practices will be required to meet security standards.




Thus, the idea for the project arose with the goal of tackling these challenges. The approach of the project is to organise a collaborative, proactive and solution-oriented response. Science Parks and Clusters have a good knowledge about the local environment and can connect and represent ship owners, port officials, companies and maritime researchers. Meanwhile, through a proactive approach these partners can synthesize the needs of the industry with the knowledge from research and capabilities of relevant suppliers. This will result in practical solutions tailored to the specific needs of the maritime industry as a whole and individual maritime stakeholders specifically and will lead to a secure digitalisation of the maritime transport system addressing both shipping companies and ports, but also to the consolidation of a joint long-term virtual innovation hub for continued work towards increased security.

Furthermore, the project should not be seen as an innovation or SME type of project, rather the approach is to involve different stakeholders in solving problems connected to cybersecurity as part of risks connected to the rapid digitalisation of the maritime transport/sector, enabling innovation and focusing research ambitions are tools for identifying and developing solutions.

It is also important to highlight that the field of cybersecurity in maritime transport is an emerging field; this means the project is highly proactive, strategic and ‘early’. Taking action now is important in minimizing future risks and threats, while also positioning the South Baltic area as a hub for developing cybersecurity solutions.


Project website

Find the SECMAR Project website here.

Project total eligible budget
939 823,95 EUR
732 516,98 EUR
Project start date
01 Jul 2019
Project end date
31 Dec 2021
Lead partner
Name: Blue Science Park
Address: Minervavägen 4, Karlskrona, 37175
Region/Subregion: Sydsverige
Country: Sweden
Project partner
Name: MDC – Maritime Development Center
Address: Sydhavnsvej 12, Rönne, 3700
Region/Subregion: Hovedstaden
Country: Denmark
Name: Pomeranian Science and Technology Park
Address: Aleja Zwycięstwa 96/98, Gdynia, 81-541
Region/Subregion: Pomorskie
Country: Poland
Name: Klaipeda Science and Technology Park
Address: Vilhelmo Berbomo 10, Klaipeda, 94922
Region/Subregion: Lithuania 
Country: Lithuania

Name: Blekinge Technical University
Address: Valhallagatan 1, Karlskrona, 37179
Region/Subregion: Sydsverige
Country: Sweden

Category of intervention
044 Intelligent transport systems (including the introduction of demand management, tolling systems, IT monitoring control and information systems)