Broadband/Connectivity Maritime News

SES Networks’ connectivity enhances EU fisheries control operations

Under EMSA and SES Networks’ framework agreement, the EFCA experiences connectivity between moving platforms at sea, in the air and on land, for real-time information on fishery activities.

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has opted for SES Networks’ satellite-enabled connectivity services to allow real-time data exchange between a lightweight Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), EFCA’s chartered vessel the Lundy Sentinel, and the headquarters on land to ensure timely decision-making.

The managed connectivity solution delivered by SES Networks also enables connectivity to support daily operations aboard patrol vessels. The service is part of a framework agreement between SES Networks and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

SES Networks’ secure solution enables managed services ranging from RPAS real-time data transfer to internet broadband to video and voice applications in the Mediterranean Sea, the western waters of the north-east Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Baltic Sea.

SES Networks has also enabled other EMSA operations by providing managed satellite communications to support various European authorities, including recent missions in southern Europe, and environmental protection and fisheries control in Iceland.

Commenting on the connectivity solutions, Nicole Robinson, Senior Vice President, Global Government at SES Networks, said: “It is a big honour for us to power such important monitoring missions under our agreement with EMSA, this time with the European Fisheries Control Agency. The managed connectivity services capabilities we put in place aim to serve specific customer requirements, regardless of the mission complexity or geographies. Timely situational assessment translates into better cost-efficiency of resource deployment and operations, and we are delighted that EFCA can leverage these efficiencies.”