Scientifical Objectives

The NAVTRONIC project aims to identify and assemble the knowledge required to establish a harmonized and effective sea and ice state monitoring of international waters for the purpose of safer ship navigation. Beyond a few kilometers observational range of a ship, the NAVTRONIC consortium believes that satellite earth observation (EO) data today has a quality appropriate for aiding and revolutionizing safe maritime operations. Satellite EO techniques have the advantages of delivering accurate, fine scale information with several hundred kilometers surveillance coverage independent of cloud cover and weather condition in near real-time. Satellite EO techniques will be supplemented with all other accessible EO information from for example coastal stations, weather buoys, offshore installations, and importantly, observations from ships having the NAVTRONIC system installed. All these observations will enable a much higher temporal and spatial sampling of data. The goal is to always be able to provide the best possible quality of EO data to ships in near real time.

Communication lines between the onshore information and control centre and onboard remote sensing system on ships. all observations from the area of a ship are communicated in real-time to the OnShore Information and Control Centre

Facts and figures

Over 90% of European external trade and 43% of internal is going by maritime transport.

Maritime companies belonging to European Union control one third of the world fleet.
Shipping is estimated to emit as high as 4.5% of total global CO2 emissions.
NAVTRONIC project is funded 3.58 Mio € funding from FP7 EC. The total budget is 5,394 Mio € and the duration 36 months.
Targeted impacts of NAVTRONIC project:
  • 90% accurancy in Estimated Time of arrival
  • 7% savings on fuel consumption
  • 7% savings of CO2, SOx and PM emissions
  • 15% extension of the service life of ships
  • 20% savings with respect to maintenance and inspection costs 

















This project is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC.


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