SPACE-MATCH 2014

Estimated ship arrival time service.

Key aspects

  • The service uses MetOcean forecasts and the ship
    resistance model to provide Expected Time of Arrival (ETA)
    to harbour authorities
  • Based on Required Time of Arrival (RTA) the ship’s captain
    can be advised on optimal speed to reach his destination
  • The service takes into account the wind, wave and current
    conditions during the trip and the effects that they have on
    the speed of the vessel
  • The technology combines near real-time ship data, historical
    and forecast MetOcean data, and the ship response parameters
    to predict sailing times

Space context

  • The service relies heavily on different satellite systems,
    e.g. for ship position data, environmental observations
    and communication
  • Ship position is determined by using GNSS
  • Environmental observations are obtained from Earth
    Observation satellites
  • Weather forecasts for offshore areas rely heavily on data
    from meteorological satellites
  • Broadcasted geo-information is received by both satellite
    AIS platforms and land based AIS stations and transmitted
    to the land based service centre

Market segments

  • Maritime transport:
    – by ship owners and transport agencies
    – by harbour and transhipment businesses
    – by seaport authorities

Market potential

  • Increase efficiency in the maritime transport sector and ports
  • Optimize use of harbour infrastructure and increase throughput
    capacity including use of hinterland connections

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