National Maritime Conference: Marispace-X Holds the Key to the Blue Data Economy - From Digital Situational Awareness to Data-Based Business Models

Marispace-X at the National Maritime Conference in Bremen: Promoting the blue data economy and data exchange for the maritime industry.

Bremen, Germany. Marispace-X coordinator presented the Marispace-X project together with consortium partner Kiel University and the Gaia-X Hub Germany at this year's National Maritime Conference (NMK) in the Congress Centrum Bremen. The conference, held under the patronage of the Federal Chancellor and attended by around 800 maritime experts served as a milestone in the journey towards a thriving Blue Data Economy.

Secure and sovereign exchange of maritime data

"We are delighted to be able to present a Marispace-X stand alongside almost a dozen other exhibitors at the trade fair,"

says Jann Wendt, Managing Director of and coordinator of Marispace-X, which is co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action (BMWK). According to Wendt, Marispace-X's participation in this renowned conference underlines the importance of the largest industry-driven maritime digitalisation project for the development of the maritime data economy of the future.

"The secure exchange of data through Marispace-X forms the basis for maritime digital business models, enables new forms of digital value creation and creates future high-tech jobs in the maritime industry in Germany,"

states Wendt.

Digitisation of the maritime value chain

The Marispace-X project aims to digitalise maritime value chains and develop a maritime data economy.  Thanks to Marispace-X, companies and authorities in the industry will be able to store their valuable underwater measurement data securely and efficiently in a cloud environment, exchange it as required and analyse it. This is also a prerequisite for  developing a comprehensive maritime situational picture. Such a picture will be vital for safeguarding critical infrastructures along the German and European coasts. According to Wendt, the project will thus become a driver of change in the maritime industry and can make an important contribution to its safety and security.

Marispace-X adresses the summits' challenges

Events like the National Maritime Conference serve as a platform for industry and political stakeholders to engage, forge partnerships, exchange ideas, and collectively shape the maritime industry's future. Looking back, it's evident that the conference provided the ideal environment for discussing the most pressing issues in the maritime sector, including sustainability, digitalization, climate protection, international competitiveness, and the protection of critical infrastructure. Marispace-X effectively addresses these challenges through practical use cases, offering digital solutions for the maritime industry:

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection - sharing and analyzing large volumes of maritime data for monitoring pipelines, cables, and offshore platforms
  • Offshore Wind - streamlining maintenance and servicing of offshore wind turbines
  • Munitions in the Sea - aiding the location and     clearance of contaminated military sites
  • Biological Climate Protection  - identifying and optimizing the CO2 storage capacity of seagrass beds.
  • Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT) - creating a real-time digital twin of the underwater world

About Marispace-X

Marispace-X is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in the context of Gaia-X. The aim is to build a maritime data ecosystem that allows stakeholders from businesses, science, authorities and NGOs to securely manage, distribute and analyse the data obtained via and from the sea on the basis of European standards and values and to gain new insights and develop new innovative solutions and services in the future.


With the development of this digital ecosystem of the oceans, the project consortium addresses several important challenges of this decade, such as climate change, marine conservation and digital transformation through numerous practical use cases, including offshore wind, biological climate protection, ammunition in the sea, the Internet of Underwater Things and the protection of critical infrastructure.


The project consortium is led by cloud geodata specialist GmbH and cloud provider IONOS. In addition, it comprises consortium partners the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD), the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Stackable GmbH, Kiel University and Rostock University. The involvement of numerous other international associated partners and maritime stakeholders ensures application-oriented development in all areas.

September 15, 2023
Adrian J Neumann