Danish Maritime Authority for digitalization
The Danish Maritime Authority launches a pilot project that will illuminate the possibilities for digitalizing the entire registration process for a ship. Today, papers still need to be filled out and documents manually handled, but the board will now investigate whether blockchain technology can provide value.
"The Blue Denmark Growth Team has recommended a full digitalization on ship registry, among other things. This pilot project, with a whole new technology like blockchain, can be the road to a more open, safe and efficient registration of ships in the Danish registers. It is important in an industry that has a strong focus on keeping costs down and where trusting in all parties involved is a must," says Business Minister Brian Mikkelsen.
Blockchain technology is based on a philosophy of security through openness.
All actors in the document chain will have a full overview of the case, but nobody will be able to change or fake documents without the attention of all in the chain. Thus, the documents can be handled safely wherever in the world the players are.
The users will be involved in the pilot project, which will determine whether this is the way the Danish Maritime Authority will continue.
"In order to maintain our maritime position, the Blue Denmark needs to seize and develop the potential of digitalization. We must therefore be at the forefront when it comes to the use of new technological solutions. Both the Danish Maritime Authority and the whole of the Blue Denmark," says the Brian Mikkelsen.
Earlier this year, Maersk and IBM announced a collaboration on digitalizing the supply chain in the container industry, which is also based on blockchain technology.
Source: Søfartsstyrelsen / Maritime Denmark