2015-04-10: Add publication on SW

2014-10-02: Added e-certificates in data model

2014-07-14: Added MIS report on port ICT

2014-07-02: Added Efforts report on port processes

2014-05-13: Added in data models IEC 61162 and S-100.

Maritime Information Technology Standard

⇒ e-Navigation, e-Maritime and Maritime ITS = MiTS

⇒ Public standards or proprietary specifications

⇒ Navigation and structure

⇒ Copyright and use of material

⇒ Disclaimer

⇒ Contact us

This web site is dedicated to the distribution of information and resources related to ICT standardization within the area of maritime systems and operations. This is mainly related to ships, ports and authorities' operated infrastructure.

The information is provided by scientists at the department of Maritime Transport Systems at the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK) and is a result of a long history of doing research in this area. MARINTEK is a part of the SINTEF group, one of Europe's largest research organizations. More information about MARINTEK and SINTEF can be got by following the link at the top right of the page.

e-Navigation, e-Maritime and Maritime ITS = MiTS

e-Navigation is an initiative by IMO to develop a strategic vision for e-navigation, to integrate existing and new navigational tools, in particular electronic tools, in an all-embracing system that will contribute to enhanced navigational safety (with all the positive repercussions this will have on maritime safety overall and environmental protection) while simultaneously reducing the burden on the navigator. More information about this can be got from the IMO e-Navigation page.

Overlap e-Navigation and e-Maritime

e-Maritime was coined by the European Commission to describe a more extensive initiative. The EU e-Maritime initiative aims to foster the use of advanced information technologies for working and doing business in the maritime transport sector. This will in principle cover all aspects of maritime transport and trade. This is described further on the EU e-Maritime page.

The figure illustrates the relationship between the two initiatives and it is quite clear that the one is completely enclosed by the other. Also, developments within the ICT work on e-Navigation has further restricted this work to SOLAS related tasks, i.e., only navigational safety and security. This means that, e.g., Single Window technology mostly is out of scope for e-Navigation.

Maritime ITS or Maritime Intelligent Transport Systems is not so well defined, but will for most people be more or less the same as e-maritime, although on a world wide level. The MiTS pages will cover what basically is the e-Maritime or Maritime ITS domain.

Public standards or proprietary specifications

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These web pages will mainly describe standards that are in the public domain and in particular international standards from IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission and ISO - International Standards Organization. The benefit of public specifications is that it is easier to access the information flowing on the networks as well as modifying the systems. As is discussed in the architecture section, information access is critical to both strategic and tactical improvements in operation.

Proprietary specifications is much used, also as "semi-public" implementations, where, e.g., a public network protocol specification is used as basis for proprietary message formats. This also have significant benefits by using industry standard equipment and tools, but do not necessarily offer open access to the information.

Navigation and structure

The menu on the top second line will transfer you to different sections of the site. The names should be relatively obvious, except BPM which covers business processes and business models.

The main text block (to the right) in each section gives an overview of the selected theme in the form of a short essay. This is normally divided into a short introduction at the start and a number of main subsections. At the start of the text there is an index with links pointing to the headings of the different subsections.

References in the text uses the (Author, Year) format. All references links to the full citation in the references section at the end of each page. Many of the references are also available as resources directly from the page, either in the right hand part of the page or from further links in the references section. You may have to scroll up to the top (left hand direct links) or bottom (references section) of the page to find it. The resources can be downloaded by right-clicking and selecting "Save as.." from the menu. Some references are covered by copyrights that do not allow us to distribute the original material. These will not have further links in the citations or entries in the left hand resources list.

Copyright and use of material

The material on these pages are believed to be in the public domain, but there may still be issues that limit its use. If such is the case, this will be specified in the material itself.

You are not permitted to provide this material to third parties for payment unless prior authorization has been had from MARINTEK or from the original providers of the material.

If you make the material available for free, please include a proper credit to the original producer of the material as specified in the material at hand or in the references section of each page. For general information on these pages please use the following credit: Material originally provided by MARINTEK through the web site


While the information contained on this site is believed to be accurate and useful, MARINTEK, the authors(s), provider(s) or any other party to the production of material contained herein make no warranty of any kind with regard to this material including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Neither MARINTEK nor any of its officers, employees or agents shall be responsible or liable in negligence or otherwise howsoever in respect of any inaccuracy or omission herein.

Without derogating from the generality of the foregoing neither MARINTEK, its officers, employees or agents shall be liable for any direct or indirect or consequential loss or damage caused by or arising from any information advice or inaccuracy or omission herein.

Contact us

Some of the authors of these pages and the resources on them are listed below. We do not include the dierct e-mail addresses to avoid that robots pick them up. Please guess on the address (should be obvious) or search the sites mentioned and find the contact data there. Otherwise, send an e-mail to (info at mits-forum dot org) to get in touch with us. We are looking forward to your input!

Name Theme Contact
Ørnulf Jan Rødseth Editor, Maritime ITS, ISO 28005, IEC 61162
Beate Kvamstad Communication, Arctic
Jeroen Hollebrands PbC jeroen41 at gmail com
Agathe Rialland PbC
Dag Atle Nesheim Shipping KPI

Last updated 2015-04-10 by Ø.J.Rødseth @ MARINTEK