UAE launches Satgate project to satellite track maritime transport

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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UAE launches Satgate project
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The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) has launched the Satgate project in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

The project aims to employ satellite and AI technologies to improve the efficiency of locating ships, monitoring sea conditions, and forecasting the weather to enhance the UAE’s position as a top-notch maritime hub globally.

The Satgate project seeks to develop a database of ships that call at UAE ports and help maintain the security of maritime facilities and coasts by tracing the location of ships that are not connected to tracking devices.

Satgate is a transformational project that is part of the performance agreements for 2023-2024, aiming to implement national priorities and achieve the requirements of the next phase of development in the UAE.

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, emphasized the project’s importance in driving maritime security, improving the competitiveness of the national maritime sector, and attracting international investors.

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei_UAE launches SatGate project for maritime mapping
Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei
UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

“This move comes within the UAE’s approach to leverage its leading space technologies to achieve growth and progress across the board. Improving our tracking systems using advanced technology will enhance maritime transport and mitigate risks, which will contribute to increasing trade and transport traffic through UAE ports. Innovations in the maritime sector don’t only benefit the economy but also help us achieve sustainable development through preserving and developing the marine environment.”

The Minister reiterated the UAE’s commitment to supporting and helping the maritime sector grow further. Such projects provide accurate and updated data that support the decision-making process and enhance processes’ efficiency.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of MBRSC, said that, “The launch of the Satgate project in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure represents a significant advancement in utilizing space technology to benefit the maritime sector.”

Al Mansoori added that this project embodies the UAE’s vision of harnessing advanced technology to achieve sustainable development and strengthen the country’s position as a leading maritime hub.

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