INVITATION to participate in Common Pilots

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AnNa partners and observers, including EU stakeholder organisations, are invited to participate in the Common Pilot projects. Join and contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the AnNa project Member States are conducting different type of pilots at National level to help the implementation of Directive 2010/65/EU. Not only on the National level but also some common pilots between AnNa Consortium Partners will be executed. 

The importance of these pilots is to investigate the possibilities and best practices of exchanging information between:

  • Industry and Maritime Single Window (Front Office)
  • Maritime Single Window to Authorities (Mid Office)
  • Maritime Single Window to Maritime Single Window (Back Office)

The EU Stakeholders are invited to participate in some of these pilots, either directly or through one of their members in one of the Consortium countries. If you want to participate, please contact Pieter Verbakel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The following type of pilots have been identified and proposed for stakeholders participation: 

  1. Graphic User Interface
  2. Security
  3. Exchange and collaboration with other EU projects
  4. Message Implementation Guide
  5. Machine to Machine
  6. Maritime Single Window to Maritime Single Window
  7. Regular Shipping Lines

1. GUI Pilot project descriptions 

In Directive 2010/65/EU, the term Single Window is nmentioned. This name is associated with different views. Preferably it should be regarded as the name of the process of reporting that allows a variety of systems to be merged into one base system.

The objective of the GUI pilot is to integrate the non Machine2Machine reporting procedures into one product that can be used for reporting to the authorities. The graphic identity of the Interface should be user friendly, transparent, and should not be similar to the identities of the four authorities behind the initiative. The pilot aims to simplify everyday life of the prospective users. In addition to providing the correct functionality for each task and technical solutions for stable operation. There is an opportunity to create a product pervaded by productivity and professionalism.

Expected results 
The expected result is the release of a Graphic User Interface (GUI) with a minimalist and effective design as a key facilitator. A graphic standards manual will help everyone working with this Interface. Design-wise, a modern image must be presented and most importantly by always being consistent. The Interface must have a responsive layout that can be used on desktop and on various mobile displays.

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Stakeholder Participation possible activities 

The EU Stakeholder, or one or more of its members, could test the developed Interface, called “Reportal” (see image below). Member States who are going to use this Interface shall adapt the text based on their needs.

2. Security 

The Security on information systems is a subject too wide including many several different concepts of confidentiality, integrity, availability, access control, cryptography and so on. Hence the goal is to study, define and point out the different validation security levels that can include users, new or legacy systems with the National Maritime Single Window system.


Expected results 
The aim is to gather information on User Validation and Authentication process used in the actual Web based systems of all ANNA participants (Ref. Greece, Cyprus). It represents tools, methods, encryption algorithms, procedures of validation of maritime systems currently working in each Member State, aiming to address any requirement, enhancement, plan and issue which could be drafted in the AnNa deliverables document, providing the MS some recommendations on this subject.

Source documents at 

Stakeholder Participation possible activities
The EU Stakeholder, or one or more of its members, could participate in security related issues on exchange of information. Issues that are going to be covered are as follow:

  • Encrypted and Strong password could be the minimum level implemented in a NSW (MD5/SHA algorithms)
  • NSW web based systems preferably run under SSL communications
  • Credentials repositories are in most cases in database, but in some cases in a LDAP/Active Directory or Oracle Internet Directory with a Single-Sign-On solution deployed.
  • Just about all NSW system could use Anti-Intruders tools
  • Some NSW aim the use of PKI and handles Digital Certificate validation/authentication for MSW, as far as budget and planning allows it. There is unanimity on using X.509v3 certificate type within the NSW
  • Further investigate the security domain and get a good overview of what exists
  • Find a top level but pragmatic ICT security specialist
  • Together with a specialised group, define the post 2015 security actions and manage as a project: scope, planning, cost (initial and recurrent), acceptance criteria, communication, monitoring, progress reporting
  • Develop a post 2015 security (related) project perspective.


3. Exchange and collaboration with other EU projects 

Within the context of Directive 2010/65/EU implementation the main goal of the common pilots is to test and validate synergies between various EU initiatives making use of a greater collaboration with industry. The pilots assist the development of a MSW and aim to

  • Illustrate the use of ‘messaging’ models and tools, i.e. the eMAR Intelligent Reporting Gateway,
  • Enable shipping companies to link to different (international) SWs, addressing the practicalities of ship operation, with minimal changes in their existing IT infrastructure (in case of integration) or with use of an intuitive web GUI (in case of web application)
  • Identify possible co-operation and synergies between AnNa developments and the IMP demonstrator project.

 The Pilots are designed to: 

  1. Address the concerns of Member States on the lack of standardisation and harmonisation in the data and procedures
  2. Test, validate and compare the different approaches that the projects suggest, in terms of completeness, ease of use, and extensibility, as far as possible within the envelope of EU co-funded projects: AnNa (GUI and MIG); eMAR (IRG); IMP; and MIELE (MMW) 

Expected results
The expected results include the development of MSW solutions where shipping companies can submit their messages automatically from their existing systems or use web browsers with minimal effort. The different prototype MSW available to date and to be built with the different data models (AnNa, ISO, CRS) can be used in compliance with the Directive.

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Stakeholder Participation possible activities

The EU Stakeholder, or one or more of its members, could collaborate in these pilots in testing the data models and the guidelines, which have been agreed (1/7/2014) and are also based on AnNa technical support.

4. Message Implementation Guide (MIG) 

One of the key elements of the Single Window and the Directive is the use of harmonised electronic messages and a harmonised data structure. The AnNa project has chosen to use the WCO data model for the exchange of information between industry and Government. The objective of the pilot is to create a harmonised message structure, which can be used in all AnNa Consortium Members. The message from business to MSW (B2MSW) is based on, and mapped with the GOVCBR message of the WCO. The harmonised Message Implementation Guide (MIG), which covers the exchange via EDIFACT and XML will be tested and validated at the level of MS. The level of harmonisation is hindered by the fact that in Part C of the Annex of the Directive national legislations require additional national reporting formalities.

Expected results
The outcomes of this common pilot will be the testing and the validation of the harmonised MIG at MS level 

Source documentation

Stakeholder Participation possible activities
The EU Stakeholder, or one or more of its members, could collaborate in testing and validating the harmonised Message Implementation Guide, which has already been developed in the pilot.

5. Machine to Machine 

The objective of the pilot is to test the exchange of information from the back office systems from the shipping lines with the MSW. It relates with point 4 (MIG) especially in the use of EDIFACT message between business and MSW. AnNa is looking for businesses (individual companies, but also port community systems) that are interested to develop and test the interface between the business and MSW, which use the message structure from the MIG.

Expected results
The expected results should cover a uniform interface structure development and a communication protocol, which the businesses can use to send the data.

Stakeholder Participation possible activities 
The EU Stakeholder, or one or more of its members, could participate in the pilot for the development and testing of the interface between the business and the MSW. 

6. Maritime SIngle Window to Maritime SIngle Window

Provide the exchange of data between Member States in order to reduce administrative burden, facilitate the use of advanced information technology to ensure electronic data exchange environment for all maritime-related sectors. MSW2MSW functionality will provide the EU Member States competent authorities with timely information on the planned ship visit, a set of data (e.g. information from the ship's manifest, crew and passenger lists, etc.) will be immediately available for the next EU port of call after a ship sails from the EU last port of call. Additionally data validation is ensured between the last port of call and data submitted by the local authorised personnel.

Expected results
The expected results are:

  • The development an XML pattern, introducing XML data exchange in MSW system for each participant
  • The exchange of synchronized information about the ship’s data (e.g. IMO No., MMSI No., Ship Name, Call Sign,. Etc.)
  • Decision on which data is mandatory or optional;
  • Data inclusion into XML format and EDI format;
  • XML reference user guide will be used from MIG;
  • Push / pull system of data reception by MSW;
  • Data analysis / confirmation of the received information.

Stakeholder Participation possible activities
The EU Stakeholder, or one or more of its members, could participate in the working groups to develop guidelines based on the Minimum Data Requirement (MDR) and Message Implementation Guide (MIG), which will include:

7. MSW2MSW - Regular Shipping Lines (RSL)

This pilot, which is a specific form of MSW2MSW is to facilitate regular shipping lines (RSL) who only sail between European ports. The logic is that RSL delivers the business analysis data in case of a regular shipping service (RSS, as mentioned in art. 313 of the IPCCC), and then based on that, the pilot should propose some possible technical architecture to implement this and possibly set up a Proof of Concept (POC) using existing infrastructure.

Expected results
The expected result is to deliver technical architectures and procedures, in order to facilitate the exchange of information for regular shipping lines.

Stakeholder Participation possible activities
The EU Stakeholder could select or one or more of its members to participate in this pilot but only if they have RSL authorisation.