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EMSA agrees satellite-AIS deal

ORBCOMM has agreed a multi-year framework contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for the provision of satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.

The deal, agreed through ORBCOMM’s partner, LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB System AG, will see the information used for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts by EMSA, in designated regions and for specific maritime projects.

The framework contract covers up to €500,000 (approximately US$625,000) for the first year, with options for an additional two years (at a cost that is yet to be determined).

When choosing among competing satellite-AIS providers EMSA noted that the ORBCOMM and LuxSpace service was “was the most advantageous in regards of quality price ratio.”

Headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, EMSA is one of the largest consolidators of AIS data and is responsible for maritime safety, pollution and security on board ships for the European Union and its Member States.

In addition to the EMSA contract, ORBCOMM says it is also actively participating in a number of other AIS demonstrations and tests, including a Naval exercise conducted by 22 Pacific Rim nations in the Pacific Ocean starting at the end of June.

The company says that eighteen additional AIS-enabled satellites that will make up its next generation constellation are scheduled to begin launching later this year, which will further enhance the coverage and performance of its service.


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