MARSEC-XL launches website

    
Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Today, the MARSEC-XL Foundation launched their website, www.marsec-xl.org, dedicated to MARSEC-XL with its four building blocks.

Geir Fagerhus, CEO of MARSEC-XL Foundation, stated: “The website section describing applied research and collaboration project opportunities is specifically exciting. In only a few months of operation the number of opportunities has far exceeded what we could imagine for the start-up phase. Already eight different projects are in the initiation phase and as can be seen numerous other projects have been identified.” Companies interested in collaboration projects are encouraged to contact the MARSEC-XL Foundation.

The MARSEC-XL Foundation (Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence) sets out to shape the digital future of the yachting industry through the application of marine systems and software engineering. The mission of MARSEC-XL is to provide an unbroken sustainable innovation chain encompassing a range of activities from applied research, education and training to business operations and technology transfer. The vision for MARSEC-XL is to serve as a neutral ground where leading brands can work collaboratively.

The Founding Industry Members (FIM) of MARSEC-XL, Navico AS of Norway and MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH of Germany, are the pioneers laying the foundations for the digitalization of the yachting industry. The FIMs form the Industry Board of MARSEC-XL, chaired by Jens-Thomas Pietralla, President and CEO of Navico. Leading yacht builders, content providers and global players in communication and ICT are expected to be announced as additional FIMs.

MARSEC-XL has identified a lacuna in the marine systems and software engineering aspects of yacht building, manifested in the lack of interoperability of the onboard ICT and electronic systems. This niche has extensive potential, and Malta presents the ideal location for its development, given its strong ICT orientation and maritime heritage, location in the middle of the yachting market, and the high potential marine infrastructure centred around the Grand Harbour, Valletta.

MARSEC-XL consists of four distinct and interconnected units:
• The MARSEC-XL Cluster Initiative Office
• The Marine Institute for Software Engineering at Malta in collaboration with Fraunhofer IESE (Kaiserslautern, Germany) and the University of Malta, MI-SE@MALTA
• The Super-yacht Technology Expansion Centre, S-TEC, the first “living lab” in the yachting industry
• The Marine Business Port, MBP, offering international companies the opportunity to establish a presence centrally in the Med and become part of MARSEC-XL.