In June, Denmark’s first business satellite tv for pc operator, Sternula, and Ghana Maritime Authority nearly shook arms on a brand new partnership that may strengthen maritime navigation and security within the Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s west coast. Now, for the primary time, the important thing gamers of the undertaking have been gathered bodily in Ghana to launch the strategic partnership.
Sternula’s position within the undertaking is because the supplier of subsequent era Automated Identification System (AIS 2.0), additionally known as VHF Information Alternate System (VDES) – a know-how that eases communication between vessels and authorities on land. The ambition of the undertaking is just not solely to strengthen the maritime sector of Ghana, but additionally to have a mannequin for future implementation of satellite tv for pc primarily based AIS 2.0 in different areas.
“Because the title signifies, AIS 2.0 is the following era of the present AIS infrastructure which is used for place monitoring by greater than 200,000 vessels. Our revolutionary satellite tv for pc community communicates with vessels by way of an ordinary VHF antenna, which has paved the way in which for a brand new connectivity resolution which is reasonably priced to anybody. Even small Ghanian fishing vessels situated removed from shore can be seen and contactable. For authorities, this can imply price financial savings on in any other case costly coastal radio stations that usually have inadequate protection,” defined Sternula CEO, Lars Moltsen.
“We’re very happy to lastly provoke the partnership. Partly as a result of the maritime business in West Africa has an unlimited potential for utilisation of satellite tv for pc primarily based e-navigation know-how because of the great amount of sea-based commerce within the area. However, additionally as a result of we now can be on the forefront of growing AIS 2.0-based providers, which is able to probably play an essential position in maritime digitalisation on a worldwide scale,” mentioned Moltsen.
The AIS 2.0 resolution continues to draw consideration from different seafaring nations. Through the three-day go to in Ghana, Sternula attended each technical conferences with the Ghana Maritime Authority, but additionally an open workshop with official representatives from South Korea, Morocco and the Seychelles amongst different nations.
“Before everything, we want to add worth to the Ghanian authorities’ formidable plans for the area. Moreover, it’s our hope that the undertaking works as a catalyst for related tasks. Due to this fact, we’re completely satisfied to understand that our go to to Ghana has already resulted in new partnerships between representatives attending the open workshop. Amongst different positives issues, South Korea has proven nice curiosity in working alongside Danish corporations and authorities,” acknowledged Moltsen.
Sternula’s revolutionary AIS 2.0 infrastructure can be globally obtainable from 2023 after the primary of 60 satellites is launched subsequent yr.