At the 4th General Assembly of the MCP Consortium held in June 2021, documents defining the criteria for being an MCP identity service provider were adopted. This is a very big milestone for the consortium, and the next step will be to officially endorse organisations to be such. The first organisation expected to be endorsed is the Navelink Consortium.
The MCP Consortium is now focusing on making similar definitions for being service providers of MSR (Maritime Service Registry) and MMS (Maritime Messaging Service).
The following documents define the criteria for being an MCP identity service provider:
The MCP is a decentralised platform that facilitates secure and reliable information exchange within the maritime domain and beyond. "Beyond", because the maritime world isn’t isolated, but needs to exchange information with other domains - for instance with other transport domains. The information exchanged can be of almost any nature, ranging from private confidential information between a vessel and the shore office of the shipowner, to public information provided by authorities, such as the provision of navigational warnings.
As a decentralised platform, there is no single entity operating this. Several organisations are MCP service providers, and collectively they form “the Maritime Connectivity Platform”.
For secure and reliable identity information the MIR provides a unified means of authentication using identity information provided by trusted stakeholders.
The MSR can be used for registering, discovering and using all relevant e-Navigation and e-Maritime services, commercial and non-commercial, authorised and non-authorised, for free and against payment. It can be seen as a sophisticated yellow pages phone book.
An information broker that intelligently exchanges information between different communication systems, taking into account the current geographical position and communication links available to the recipient.All the core components of the MCP are Open Source and available in our GitHub repositories. The source code for the MSR and MMS are still - work in progress, but the MIR is an up-to-date reference implementation aligned with the criteria for being an MCP identity service provider.
The MCP is governed by the MCP consortium (MCC). The MCP consortium was established on 8th of February 2019.
The MCC governs the standards relating to MCP, including the MCP source code. The MCC operates a testbed for MCP (done by a member on behalf of the consortium), but does not operate an operational instance of the MCP. Rather, the MCC authorises other organisations to run operational instances of the MCP.
From the innaguration of the MCP consortium onboard M/S Pearl Seaways during the conference - e-Navigation Underway International 2019
The consortium is established by the following non-profit organisations:
And as Governmental Observers:
The terms of the consortium can be found in the consortium arrangement document, which can be found here.
All other relevant organisations (non-profit and for-profit) are invited to join the consortium.
Apply for membership by filling the application form and send the filled application to the secretariat.
Currently the following organisations have joined the consortium as regular members:
The consortium has an advisory board with representatives from the following international organisations/associations:
If you wish to dive into the technical information this is where you should start.
As MCP service providers become endorsed by the MCC, they will be listed here. As mentioned above, the first organisation envisioned to be such is the Navelink consortium.
In addition to this, the MCC operates (through two of its members, KRISO and Frequentis) an MCP testbed compromising three environments (test, staging, and public test environment). Any relevant organisation is invited to join this testbed by applying through the management portal of the public test environment here.