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Maritime Connectivity Platform

A decentralised platform facilitating secure and reliable information exchange
within the maritime domain and beyond


Maritime Messaging Service (MMS) Demo 2024; A Leap Forward in Secure Martime Connectivity

The maritime industry witnessed a groundbreaking event as the MCP Consortium demonstrated the latest advancements in Maritime Messaging Service (MMS) technology. During the session of the IALA DTEC 2, MMS demonstration highlighted the system’s enhanced security and efficiency in maritime connectivity.

The demonstration focused on MMS’s core functionalities, including securing S-100 data exchange and authentication over both IP and non-IP channels like VDES. It also showcased the system’s ability to support encryption, efficient message bundling, and advanced store & forward capabilities.

Key contributors to the event included Thomas Christensen and Oliver Haagh from DMC, along with Dongwoo Kang from KRISO, Stefan Pielmeier from Sternula, and Jin Park from AIVeNautics. The team demonstrated the practical applications of MMS in improving navigation equipment, file transfer capabilities, and secure connectivity through SECOM, all while leveraging the VDES system for wider service access.

The 2024 MCP demonstration in DTEC2 set a new benchmark in maritime connectivity, promising a safer and more connected future for the maritime industry safety and connectivity.

Maritime Messaging Service (MMS) DEMO 2024 

IALA Council Approves Guideline on Provision of MCP Identities

The 80th Council of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), held from June 17th to 21st, 2024, approved the guideline on the provision of MCP identities.

The guideline defines requirements for secure identities through the Maritime Identity Registry (MIR) of the MCP, targeting organizations planning to become MCP Identity Service Providers and those using MIR certificates. This aligns with IALA R1019’s recommendation on maritime services in e-navigation.

Axel Hahn, from the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) the Secretary General of MCC, highlighted MCP’s secure communications and intelligent port communications.

The guideline is a milestone and is setting the stage for future maritime connectivity advancements.

The MCC celebrates this approval and looks forward to the platform’s continued growth and development.


Maritime Connectivity Platform
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 need to exchange information with other domain – for instance with other transport domains.

The information exchanged can be almost of 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”.
The MCC serves two overall purposes:
 –  Defining the MCP and criteria for being an MCP service provider

 –  Endorsing organisations to be MCP service providers