LuxSpace awarded multi-year contract with European Maritime Safety Agency
Betzdorf, Luxembourg, 14th June 2012
Today LuxSpace Sarl, an affiliate of OHB AG (Prime Standard, ISIN: DE0005936124) and partner of Orbcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC) announced the award of a multi-year framework contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The framework contract is funded for up to 500.000 € (US $625.000) for the first year plus options for an additional two years with funding levels yet to be determined.
LuxSpace will provide satellite based Automatic Identification System (SAT-AIS) data used for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts to EMSA for designated regions and specific maritime projects.
“We are excited that EMSA has selected LuxSpace to supply SAT-AIS data” said Jochen Harms, Managing Director of LuxSpace. “This is a clear sign that we are on the right path in this technology domain, which is also strongly supported by the Luxembourg government investments in the ESA ARTES 21 program.
Headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, EMSA is one of the largest consolidators of AIS data and is responsible for maritime safety, pollution and security on board ships for the European Union and its Member States. The contract award was the result of a competitive bid among providers of space-based AIS data service. EMSA determined that the AIS service provided by LuxSpace was superior, stating the bid “was the most advantageous in regards of quality price ratio.”
Satellite AIS data will be supplied through Vesselsat 1 and 2 owned by LuxSpace and operated within the Orbcomm 2nd generation AIS satellite network, consisting of 18 further satellites, of which the first ones will be started in later 2012.
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