Reliable Services Supporting Maritime Safety Astrium supports shipping and insurance companies, OGM firms, national and private security forces and environmental protection agencies with timely and accurate information to ensure the safety and efficiency of maritime activities around the globe.
Global Challenges to Maritime Security Maritime security is of utmost importance today with more than 90% of the world’s trade goods and more than 70% of global crude oil transported by sea. As shipping traffic grows, the pressure on the security of the world’s oceans is increasing: not only is there more likelihood of accidents and associated environmental damage, shipping traffic is also increasingly the target of piracy, organised crime and terrorism. Moreover, illegal maritime activities such as illegal fishing, drug trafficking, weapon movement/proliferation and illegal immigration are constantly on the rise.
Maritime activities are also expanding into the Arctic regions with growing traffic in the ice-infested waters of the Northeast and Northwest Passage, and oil and gas platforms set up to exploit the huge reservoirs of resources in the Arctic. These activities rely on detailed and timely ice information to support safe and effective operations.
All these activities increase the pressure on the marine environment due to potential oil leakages, calling for effective monitoring and early-warning capabilities so that countermeasures can be engaged in the very early stages of a potential disaster.
Dependable Monitoring of the World’s Oceans Current methods of surveillance using terrestrial sensor systems such as radar or AIS and air/seaborne patrol units are limited in range (~20 nm) and do not provide a consistent and global situational picture of the world’s shipping lanes. Astrium’s integrated Maritime Safety & Security Services have the capabilities to play a key role in open ocean surveillance and extend existing monitoring systems to provide a truly global maritime surveillance. Based on Astrium’s unique access to leading-edge optical and SAR satellite imagery, maritime monitoring services provide detailed information over vast and remote ocean areas.
These services comprise:
Ship Detection and Tracking
Oil Spill Detection
Sea Ice Monitoring
Besides providing standard interfaces and formats to numerous customer systems, Astrium offers a turnkey solution for secure, dynamic and fast delivery of maritime safety and security information: Oceanway .
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