Satgate: UAE to tap AI, space tech to watch over ships calling at its ports

The Satgate project aims to enhance the UAE’s status as a global maritime hub.
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Dubai: The UAE has launched a project that will use satellite and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to enhance maritime operations by improving ship tracking, monitoring sea conditions, and forecasting weather.

The Satgate project — a collaboration between Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) — aims to enhance the UAE’s status as a global maritime hub.

Satgate seeks to develop a database of ships calling at the UAE ports and enhance maritime security by tracking vessels without onboard tracking devices. It is a transformative initiative aligned with the 2023-2024 performance agreements, addressing national priorities and supporting UAE’s developmental goals.

How tech will improve maritime trade

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, emphasised the project’s importance in driving maritime security 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. Innovations in the maritime sector do not only benefit the economy but also help us achieve a sustainable development through preserving and developing the marine environment,” the minister said.

“The UAE underscores its commitment to supporting the maritime sector to help it further grow. 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, “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. The Centre has continued to be at the forefront of developing and launching satellites that address the diverse needs of our nation.”