MarSat – Satellite Services for the Maritime Industry


MarSat is a network of five private companies – EOMAP, Drift & Noise Polar Services GmbH, European Space Imaging GmbH , SevenCs GmbH and TRENZ AG – and a research institute, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL). It is financed and coordinated by DLR, the German Aerospace Center, and funded by BMWi, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The goal of MarSat is to allow the maritime industry to take advantage of the most up-to-date satellite information in their day-to-day work. This requires an efficient IT infrastructure to share, integrate and implement satellite-derived data from various satellite sources quickly and efficiently. Services such as ice detection and drift, obstruction and bathymetry mapping will be integrated into maritime information systems  so that shipping routes can be optimised, up-to date information made available for rescue or emergency events, and base data provided for environmental and coastal applications.

EOMAP provided their Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB) data as an electronic navigational chart (ENC) layer. For more details on MarSat, visit the MarSat project homepage.

Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen (Project Manager, ISL)

“The use of satellite data and Earth Observation products in the maritime world has an enormous potential. We are at the very beginning, just starting to get a glimpse at the possibilities and huge benefits these innovative technologies will offer.”

Dr. Knut Hartmann (Project Coordinator MarSat, EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG)

“MarSat is an ambitious project, which brings together competence of specialists in satellite data provision and analysis, IT and the maritime industry. This team will lay the ground for improved decision making for shipping route optimization, offshore planning and maintenance as well as emergency events.”



EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG, European Space Imaging, Drift & Noise Polar Services GmbH, Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), SevenCs GmbH, TRENZ GmbH

Project Type

Satellite-Derived Bathymetry, GeoIT, Maritime Services


Maritime Services, Satellite-Derived Bathymetry, Operational Services