Objectives of the service
Regarding the maritime business sector, the Contractor has dealt with different opportunities and activities that could greatly benefit from evolutionary scenarios characterized by the presence of innovative telecommunication solutions like VDES.
Users and their needs
Main needs ofMaritime and Port authorities, sea ports, fishing operators, ecc. are safety, communications, ecc.
The two selected VDES-based services concern maritime authorities and ship owners, involving all the above-mentioned needs, with more prominence for communication and navigation needs.
VDES could also provide the capability to exchange information related to ship arriving at a port, including time of arrival and requests for port service such as stores, fuel, pilots, tugs and other aspects for the transit.
MARVELOWS exploitation strategy is based on a four-step approach, characterized by an increasing geographic scope for targeted users: Italy (step 1), UK, Scandinavian countries, Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Greece and Cyprus (step 2), other European countries and Israel (step 3), worldwide level (step 4).
Service/ system concept
The figure below describes the MARVELOWS Dematerialisation service architecture.
The figure below depicts the MARVELOWS Towage service architecture.
Space Added Value
The integration of satcom and navigation space assets can contribute to the enhancement of the maritime applications in several ways. For example, in general:
1. To contribute to the generation of an enhanced Common Operating Picture (eCOP) through integration of different geo-localized information s collected and transferred by terrestrial and satellite systems and communication links.
2. To support Maritime Surveillance & Control operations by enhancing vessel monitoring thanks to an accurate and reliable geo-fencing and empowering ship-to-shore/shore-to-ship real-time data exchange exploiting satcom services and location-based information.
With specific reference to the two services analysed in MARVELOWS:
The feasibility study started on 1st March 2017 and it’s concluded.
Official link to the project: https://business.esa.int/projects/marvelows