Among their wide-ranging responsibilities, the MCA provides a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast and in the international search and rescue region through HM Coastguard.
They also inspect and survey ships to ensure that they are meeting UK and international safety rules, provide certification to seafarers, register vessels and respond to pollution from shipping and offshore installations.
As part of a strategy to create Analytically Ready Data for its Data Analysts and Data Scientists to drive operational efficiency, the MCA initiated a tender process that has recently concluded with IJYI's selection as its new Data Partner.
The project involves extending the MCA's existing Microsoft Azure data ingestion platform to incorporate additional data feeds which range from static sources, such as flat files and databases, to real-time sources which include streaming automatic ship tracking data.
The existing MCA-delivered solution focuses on batch processing of data via Azure Data Bricks. This will be reviewed to assess any potential improvements or amendments and extended to incorporate additional data feeds.
The platform will be extended to incorporate stream processing of data. Additionally, the MCA Data Scientists require access to data from multiple MCA systems in order to combine it to derive new insights, drive policies and strategic decisions.