ICEYE radar satellite imagery to enhance maritime safety

Satellite monitoring provider ICEYE has announced the start of a multi-year framework contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency to support its efforts in managing various aspects of maritime operations with SAR data.

Among its responsibilities, European Union agency EMSA provides technical expertise and operational assistance in reducing the risk of maritime accidents and assisting in response and recovery from marine pollution from ships and oil installations. The agency supports the maritime surveillance activities of the national authorities of EU member states linked with a wide range of coast guard functions. ICEYE will deliver SAR imagery to EMSA to enhance its operational support to a wide range of European organisations.

ICEYE owns the world’s largest SAR satellite constellation and the data from its spaceborne sensors can be combined with multiple auxiliary information sources from the ground.

Pekka Laurila, ICEYE co-founder and chief strategy officer, said: “Just like our satellites, maritime operations operate around the clock. Radar imaging technology can see the earth day and night and in all weather conditions. Space-based imagery is an ideal tool to quickly, efficiently and effectively support maritime disaster response and recovery operations, as well as to enforce EU maritime regulations and support local authorities.”

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