EOcafe: Navigating the challenges of Baltic and Artic shipping with Earth Observation

30th of May 2024, 16.00-17.00 CEST

The shipping industry in the Baltic and Arctic regions is a vital artery of global trade, facing a multitude of challenges and opportunities. From navigating icy waters to ensuring environmental sustainability, stakeholders in the maritime sector encounter diverse demands. Earth Observation (EO) technology emerges as a transformative tool in addressing these challenges and optimising shipping activities in these strategically significant waterways.

In our upcoming EOcafe, we will explore the intersection of EO and the maritime industry, with a specific focus on the Baltic and Arctic regions. This EOcafe aims to elucidate how EO data and applications can enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability in shipping operations within these dynamic environments.

The ESA Best Practices “EO4BAS” project aims to gather experts from both the EO and Baltic and Arctic shipping sectors to identify the key challenges and current/near future needs of the shipping sector, map existing EO products and solutions that could address those needs, as well as identify gaps in EO capabilities and propose a way forward.

Our host Geoff Sawyer (EARSC Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General) will be joined by Barbara Scarnato (Principal Consultant and Earth Observation Lead, DNV). Together, they will explore the outcomes of EO4BAS, the future EO capability needs and potential opportunities for the EO industry to get involved.

Tune in on Thursday, 30th May, to learn more about how Earth Observation can support Baltic and Artic shipping. Questions that could be addressed during this EOcafe include:

  • What is the current status and role of EO in Baltic and Arctic shipping? What are the challenges for the shipping industry in leveraging EO?
  • What solutions can EO provide? What is the added value of EO?
  • What are the challenges and barriers for EO companies to enter the market and integrate solutions into the specific business processes?
  • Are there any successful EO applications already developed/deployed? What was a good example or best practice?
  • What are the future needs for EO in Baltic and Arctic shipping? What main gaps were identified?
  • What measures/actions could be implemented to support the EO downstream services industry sector interact and support the shipping industry?
  • What are the next steps?

Registration: The webinar is open to all. Registration is free but compulsory.

Registration link

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 is encouraged to facilitate better interaction between 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 Tanya Walker (tanya.walker@earsc.org).

Author: EARSC

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