European GNSS, and specifically EGNOS, contributes substantially to the maritime sector. All passenger ships and cargo ships larger than 500 gross tonnage are regulated and rely heavily on GNSS for navigation. What's more, GNSS systems for maritime navigation are widespread across commercial and recreational vessels, both overseas and in high traffic areas. GNSS is also used to ensure safe navigation in inland waterways (rivers, canals, lakes and estuaries).
Maritime in Action
24 March 2017The Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service is Europe‘s contribution to the international emergency beacon locating system called COSPAS-SARSAT. This essential Galileo service has the potential to dramatically reduce the time to locate and reach people in distress on sea and land. The 2017 Munich...
28 February 2017As part of EU Industry Day, the European GNSS Agency celebrates the many ways that Europe’s space programmes help make the European economy stronger and more competitive.
23 February 2017To prepare the next EGNOS Maritime Safety Service, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in collaboration with the European Commission seek general feedback from users and, specifically, insight on the experiences of the maritime community.
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fishing vessels are equipped with a satellite-based device (VMS) providing data to fishery authorities in the EU
is the expected installed base of GNSS devices in Europe to be reached in this decade.
of SOLAS Merchant Vessels are using GNSS
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