Improvement of Maritime Safety in the Baltic through Enhanced Situational Awareness

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  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Closing date21 March 2012

The objective of this IAP (ARTES element 20) Feasibility Study is to assess the feasibility of using space-based assets to improve the situational awareness in the Baltic Sea in order to support the safety of vessel traffic and operations.

The Baltic Sea is one of the busiest and most heavily trafficked areas in the world. The growth in vessel traffic, together with the narrow straits and shallow water, archipelagos, the high incidence of fog (average of 50 days a year) and the seasonal coverage of sea-ice for a long period, all contribute to an increase in the risk of collisions and groundings of vessels. These accidents can cause serious human and economic loss, and potentially result in severe ecological damage.

The user community for these services includes coastguards, VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) centres, tanker operators, ice-breaking authorities, and port operators.

Feasibility Study

The study shall identify and assess the viability of services which meet the needs and conditions of the user community in order to support both the prevention of grounding and collision of vessels as well as reducing safety risks and consequential damage after a collision or grounding has occurred.

An integrated solution(s) shall be defined in the study, combining terrestrial with space-based assets and demonstrating the added value of at least two space assets, which may include;

  • satellite communications for data transmission, alarm broadcasting and user interaction,
  • satellite navigation to track the location of vessels, either obtained through space-based or terrestrial AIS, and geo-referenced mobile sensors,
  • earth observation data to retrieve meteorological information (wind, precipitation) as well as sea conditions (waves, current, ice conditions).

The study content will include as tasks: stakeholder / user consolidation, refinement of user requirements, state of the art analysis, service definition, system definition, proof of concept, viability analysis, and implementation roadmap.

For More Information

Information on the call for proposals has been published on ESA’s Electronic Mail Invitation to Tendering System, EMITS (, under the reference AO 7057 (under “Open Invitations to Tender”). The applicable tender solicitation package can be downloaded by registered users under this 'Announcement of Opportunity' (AO). This specific call is open for applications until 21st of March 2012. 'Entity Registration' is possible on the same website.