The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) joined Navelink at the end of 2022. Doing so, DMI aims to exploit the advantages of a common digital infrastructure for maritime actors.  

As the official Danish meteorological institute, DMI provides weather forecasts and observations for Denmark and Greenland. In addition, DMI is the government’s national climate advisor, which includes hosting the National Center for Climate Research (NCKF). 

Historically, the Danish Meteorological Institute has been involved in the Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) through the Danish Maritime Authority’s Efficiensea 2 project. Later, DMI collaborated with Navelink-enrolled Sternula on service development within the MARIOT project. DMI aims to develop demonstration weather, ocean and sea ice services to ships, which will be sent through the Maritime Messaging Service (MMS), VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) and satellite in the IHO S-format.  

These two are examples of services currently under development by DMI and which are intended to be released in Navelink soon: 

  • The S-411 Sea Ice Information, with product data provided in the Geography Markup Language (GML) encoding format. This service is primarily intended for encoding the extent and nature of sea ice for navigational purposes. 
  • The S412 Weather Overlay, whose features are designed to replicate and enhance the radiofax charts currently being used by mariners, and which will meet the needs of the international maritime community for decades into the future. 

DMI’s affairs in the Arctic waters serve maritime safety, which DMI is always striving to improve, thus developing better services and delivery of these. As part of this, DMI has agreed to demonstrate how to broadcast services through the Navelink MCP. 

To learn more about VDES, please see the article about our latest Developer Forum, where one of the main topics concerned VHF Data Exchange System, VDES.

Navelink is a non-profit consortium, constituted by Kongsberg and Wärtsilä, governed by Combitech. Our aim is to unite maritime actors globally by a common digital infrastructure, offering standardized data formats and unique identities to achieve both effective and secure information exchange. We also provide access to a common marketplace for providing and consuming maritime services, which will be interoperable with each other and compatible with authority-regulated demands on maritime equipment.  

We are proud of the vote of confidence given to us by the enrollment of the Danish Meteorological Institute into Navelink. 


Author: Milena Dalinaros