Satellite and AI technologies will be used to locate ships, monitor the sea condition, and forecast the weather at UAE ports and waters, according to the United Arab Emirates government.

The UAE’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) team up on a Satgate project to enhance maritime mapping.

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, through tracing the location of ships that are not connected to tracking devices.

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

“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,” said the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

“Innovations in the maritime sector don’t only benefit the economy but also help us achieve a sustainable development through preserving and developing the marine environment,” he added.

MBRSC chairman Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori said the launch of the Satgate project represents a significant advancement in utilising space technology to benefit the maritime sector.

“At MBRSC, we are dedicated to supporting this pioneering initiative by leveraging satellite technologies and artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency and safety of ship tracking operations, as well as monitoring weather and marine conditions,” noted Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori.