EOcafe: The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is a European Union Agency providing technical expertise and operational assistance to improve maritime safety, pollution preparedness and response and maritime security. EMSA gives governments and authorities reliable information about the seas in order to support them in the implementation of maritime policies.
EMSA also offers maritime services, including satellite-based Earth observation (EO) services. The Copernicus Maritime Surveillance service and CleanSeaNet are the two most important ones.

EMSA is the Entrusted Entity responsible for delivering the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service (CMS) in the framework of the Copernicus Security service. CMS provides Earth Observation products (satellite images and value adding products) to support a better understanding and improved monitoring of activities at sea, within a wide range of operational functions such as maritime safety and security, fisheries control, customs, law enforcement, marine environment pollution monitoring, and others1. CleanSeaNet is a European satellite-based oil spill and vessel detection service assisting participating States for the following activities: identification and tracking of oil pollution on the sea surface; monitoring of accidental pollution during emergencies and contribution to the identification of polluters.

After being processed and analysed, the information coming from EO satellites is transmitted to the Earth Observation Data Centre at EMSA, where it is combined with a wide range of other data such as vessel traffic and other maritime information. The information is then disseminated to users of EMSA via a dedicated web-based interface: Integrated Maritime Services.

By offering increased access to EO data, Copernicus reinforces and enhances existing EMSA services and opens the possibility of setting up new services. The use of Artificial intelligence technologies applied to EO data is very promising in that regard.

Come and join us as our guest Mrs Paula Marti (Project officer for Earth Observation Data at EMSA) discusses with our host Geoff Sawyer (EARSC Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General) about the role of EMSA and how the agency implements Earth Observation services to ensure a high and effective level of maritime safety & security, prevention and response to pollution!

Questions which could be addressed during this EOcafe include the following:

  • What is the role of the European Maritime Safety Agency?
  • What are the services provided to participating states?
  • How do CleanSeaNet and the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service contribute to maritime safety, pollution response and maritime security?
  • What are the current projects involving AI applied to Earth Observation data?
  • In what way(s) can industry become involved in supporting EMSA actions?

Registration: The webinar is open to ALL but priority will be given to EARSC members. Registration is free but compulsory. Please click on the following link to register.

Please note this is a virtual event!

EOcafe is part of a series of EARSC meetings that offer timely, relevant, and practical information on a broad variety of topics related to the EO sector. Join us every two weeks to discuss and network while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends.


• The use of a video camera is not mandatory but encouraged to facilitate better interaction among the attendees and the guest speaker(s).
• The EOcafe will stay open after 17:00 in case our guests want to continue the discussion.
• By registering for this event, you accept the terms and conditions (https://earsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/EARSC_Events_GDPR.pdf).
If you have any questions, and/or you want to know more about the EOcafe, and/or you want to share an idea about a future EOcafe, please contact Delphine (Delphine.Miramont@earsc.org).

1 https://marine.copernicus.eu/services/use-cases/cmems-support-copernicus-maritime-surveillance-service#:~:text=The%20European%20Maritime%20Safety%20Agency,operations%20in%20the%20maritime%20domain.

Author: EARSC

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