Maritime Surveillance project MARSUR launched its third phase

MARSUR
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EDA’s longstanding Maritime Surveillance (MARSUR) project entered a new phase on 19 November 2020 when the Agency launched its third phase, focused on the development of a next generation system. The overall objective is to enhance MARSUR’s operational use in CSDP missions and operations.

As noted by the European Defense Agency, MARSUR will therefore aim at:

  • Transitioning to a new MEXS based on state-of-the-art technologies
  • Investigating options for exchange of classified information within the network and their following implementation
  • Facilitating its connectivity with other maritime security regimes with a focus on the EU CISE
  • Enhancing the operational use of the MARSUR Network and support to EU maritime engagements and maritime CSDP missions and operations

The project, led by Germany, has the support of 15 additional contributing countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden).

MARSUR is one of the longest-running projects undertaken by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The Maritime Surveillance project is a technical solution that allows dialog between European maritime information systems. The project aims to improve the common “Recognised Maritime Picture” by facilitating exchange of operational maritime information and services such as ship positions, tracks, identification data, chat or images.