The monitoring service has been designed to fuse multiple sources of ship specific information (MSCHOA registration and UKMTO reporting information) and positional data (Long Range Information Tracking – LRIT and Satellite AIS) in a real time environment.
Eu Navfor says that MARSURV will greatly enhance the ability of counter-piracy forces to manage and risk assess the thousands of merchant vessels transiting across this huge area. It will also assist in incident management and improve the ability to warn merchant ships in imminent danger of piracy; ultimately improving the protection from piracy provided to all merchant shipping.
Eu Navfor noted that provision of LRIT data by Flag States is critical to the effectiveness of the project.
"Unfortunately," says Eu Navfor, "ships registered to flags not providing this data will not benefit from the enhanced situational awareness that such a real time picture provides to counter-piracy forces as they may be unaware of their position. Eu Navfor and EMSA continue to work closely with the IMO whose efforts in establishing the 'IMO Anti-Piracy LRIT Distribution Facility' have been essential in developing this project and is the foundation on which this service has been built."
Commander of EUNAVFOR Major General Buster Howes OBE said:
"Through the commendable efforts of EMSA and the IMO, MARSURV represents a significant step forward in our ability to understand and support the massive volume of merchant traffic that transits the high risk area. The next step is to encourage all flag states to provide LRIT data to counter-piracy forces through the IMO distribution facility; currently data is donated from only 66 flag states."
May 6, 2011