Space-based AIS data company Spire Global has announced a new deal with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to provide global AIS data to support the Agency via its EU Member States.
EMSA has implemented a new framework contract with Spire to supply a satellite AIS (SAT-AIS) feed that will serve as a backup for the current SAT-AIS data services EMSA offers through its Integrated Maritime Services (IMS).
IMS are offered to all EU and European Free Trade Agreement Member States, who have access to a range of integrated vessel reporting information from terrestrial and satellite AIS, long-range identification and tracking (LRIT), Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), as well as national vessel position data such as coastal radar, patrol assets, and leisure craft.
The SAT-AIS data feed from Spire is expected to complement currently employed SAT-AIS streams by improving the global coverage of ships, including waterways close to the North and South Poles. The additional data will be used to improve the resolution of EMSA’s SAT-AIS data, and the detection rate of AIS messages.
“We are pleased to have been selected by EMSA for this mandate and to be providing satellite-AIS services to this vital maritime organisation,” said Simon van den Dries, General Manager of Spire Maritime.
“We believe that Spire’s high reliability and quality of its data, gathered by its fast-growing satellite constellation, differentiates us in the industry and will help support EMSA’s vision and maritime strategy within the EU.”