Gaia-X lighthouse project creates digital business models for the maritime space


Marispace-X is intended to advance marine and climate protection, accelerate the energy transition and facilitate the removal of ammunition waste from the sea. […]

Yesterday, the starting signal for a flagship project for the Gaia-X initiative was given in Kiel. The aim of Marispace-X is to create a virtual space for all available maritime data and thus enable new business models at local, regional and international level. Cloud provider IONOS is the consortium leader, the software house takes over the technical project management. “We want to make maritime geodata usable, link it to other sources and process it partly under water,” summarizes Managing Director Jann Wendt. The 15 million euro cooperation project is funded by the federal government.

The other participants also did not skimp on advance laurels when presenting the project. Claudia Müller, for example, Coordinator of the Federal Government for Maritime Economy and Tourism, emphasized the economic added value at the press conference: “Marispace-X forms the basis for maritime digital business models, enables new forms of digital value creation and creates high-tech jobs in the maritime sector in Germany. And Martin Endreß, Chief Customer Officer of IONOS, explained: “Marispace-X is a prime example of what can be achieved with Gaia-X. Highly innovative ideas come about through close cooperation based on common standards. In this way, European companies can develop data-driven business models that we otherwise only know from the USA or Asia.“

Three short-term use cases

The participating companies and organizations expect a wide range of applications for Marispace-X. In a first phase, three specific applications are initially planned:

  • It is estimated that more than 1.5 tons of old ammunition lie on the German seabed. Marispace-X should make it possible to find and clear these contaminated sites in the North and Baltic Seas more quickly.
  • Seagrass meadows play a decisive role in the storage of carbon dioxide. With Marispace-X, the aim is to investigate where ideal conditions for seagrass prevail in the North and Baltic Seas in order to control the targeted cultivation.
  • The further expansion of offshore wind turbines plays a central role in the success of the energy transition. With the help of Marispace-X, the expansion speed is to be significantly increased, for example by multiplying the speed of data processing during surface exploration.

Broad Alliance

Marispace-X is supported by a broad cooperation between business, scientific institutions and political actors. IONOS provides the cloud infrastructure and leads a consortium of 16 members, including the companies, TrueOcean GmbH, Stackable GmbH, MacArtney Germany GmbH and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. In addition, numerous scientific institutions, public institutions and associations are participating, including the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel and the Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, Environment, Nature and Digitization Schleswig-Holstein.

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