MARSEC-XL, the Marine Software Engineering Center of Excellence, sets out to shape the digital future of the maritime industry. MARSEC-XL, an innovation hot spot for the maritime industry, provides an unbroken sustainable innovation chain encompassing a range of activities from applied research, education and training to business operations and technology transfer. MARSEC-XL serves as a neutral ground where internationally leading brands, start-up companies and academia work collaboratively. Founded in Malta in 2007 with industry and government support, MARSEC-XL has created MARSSA, Marine Systems Software Architecture, the first open system reference architecture for the maritime industry.