Europe's biggest shipbuilders collaborate on ship connectivity

The biggest European shipbuilders formed Code Kilo, a new cooperative initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform.

Harmonizing data management standards, solutions

In order to meet the digitalisation challenges of a diverse audience of stakeholders, in a robust, secure and cost-effective way, Euroyards members—Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Damen Shipyards Group, Fincantieri, Lürssen, Meyer Werft, Naval Group and Navantia—joined forces to harmonize data management solutions and standards.

This ambitious project will seek the full cooperation and engagement of all maritime stakeholders, including shipowners, shipbuilders, suppliers and classification societies, and it is supported by SEA Europe, the Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association.

Ship systems provide large amounts of data related to equipment status, ship operations and performance. Code Kilo's overall purpose is increasing the opportunities to reuse, combine and gain values and insights from data. This will allow the operator, the yard and equipment suppliers to optimize their respective activities.

Role in European maritime sector's sustainability

Enhancing the vessel digitalization through fully fledged integration will contribute to achieving the sustainability and circularity goals at the core of the European maritime sector.

European shipbuilders have committed to applying their knowledge of physical system integration to improve digital integration, aiming at establishing the base for future business opportunities with IoT, big data and artificial intelligence. In this respect, Code Kilo parties said, the cooperation of all the stakeholders, including customers, classification societies and suppliers is essential for the project's success.

More information and updates will soon be available on, currently under construction.

Posted 16 April 2019

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review