Satellite Services for the maritime industry was the subject of the MarSat project’s recent workshop, which drew together more than 50 potential users from shipping companies, commercial operators, system service providers, safety officers and consulting services. The aim was to cross-fertilize ideas on how marine and maritime companies can benefit from satellite services and how they can integrate them in their daily routine.
Maritime services based on the integrated utilization of space-based systems are of interest to a wide range of user communities: fisheries, coast guards, port authorities, shipping companies, commercial operators, national and international research institutions, and many more. Data from Earth Observation (EO) satellites offer a unique view of our oceans, seas, and coasts. Satellites, and their on-board sensors, on the one hand side provide routine, cost effective, wide area surveillance covering all maritime zones, and, on the other hand side, can precisely be pointed to targeted locations for monitoring specific operations or to gather information in response to intelligence requirements.
MarSat, funded by the BMWi, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is a network of five private companies and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) and develops new innovative services for the marine and maritime community using satellite EO data.