Vessels’ Real Time Database

As part of R&D projects funded by the French Agency for the Research or by the EU, SOFRESUD designed, developed and maintains a database of ship data gathering, as a validation of surveillance and alert lifted all information in static or semi-dynamic on ships.

SOFRESUD Ship databases aggregates all relevant data on vessels that appear in open access and / or circulating on the Internet databases.

It contains ships information enabling R & D rules engine systems, SCANMARIS, SISMARIS, I2C and PERSEUS, to raise alerts on abnormal behavior of vessels detected by the systems. 

These information are mainly including data on technical characteristics of vessels (length, width, draft, propulsion, engine, capacities of carrying and lifting, etc..). But these data also include information on events of interest on the vessel: results of inspections, detentions, damage or incidents on the ship in the past.

Key data

  • History of Ships
  •  Inspection Results
  •  Boats banned (by MOU)
  •  More than 94,000 merchant ships
  •  More than 8,000 European fishing vessels
  •  More than 36 000 vessels (yacht ...)
  •  Over 200 000 photos referenced

Integrated System for Interoperable sensors & Information sources for Common abnormal vessel behaviour detection & Collaborative identification of threat

I2C project logo

I2C project will provide, towards 2015, a new generation of tools for maritime surveillance. The integration of recent acquisitions and monitoring technologies will thus identify at the earliest threats based on suspicious behaviour of ships. Future main features of I2C are:

  • Acquisition increased competencies with new sensors generations. The joint using of radar and FMCW HFSW will allowing the small boats follow, even at great distances. In addition this new solution, the adding of more traditional means, such as AIS stations and conventional coastal radars. Thus, the merging of these means allow increased supervision on a maritime zone of 200 nautical miles and that whatever the weather is.
  • Mobile sensors that extend the capabilities of the original sensors to make observations on a specific area. Four platforms are deployed: aircraft and patrol boats as well as UPS and Zeppelins. The latter, because of their silent flight and vibration, offer the advantage of making high resolution observations. Moreover, they have, for sensors and communication devices, with a payload of two tons.
  • Capacity to obtain a required overall maritime situation through the correlation of different sensors.
  • Ability to obtain additional information on the boats (weather condition, history of the ship, home port ...) to have a holding of the most exhaustive possible situation.
  • Automatic alert, following the detection of vessels with abnormal behaviour. It must then be validated by an operational. The detection of abnormal behaviour is made from a rules engine.
  • Ability to understand the suspicious events, identify early threats and periodically publish interpretation to decision-making authority files.
  • Ability to collaborate and share data through a communication network based on the DSIP protocol and VSAT / Digital Video Broadcast technology.

I2C is a European research project over 4 years which began on 1 October 2010, supported by the European Commission.

I2C use the AMAS technology to find new algorithms that can learn and detect abnormal vessel behaviour from a conducting maritime situation. Documented alerts will then generated to be validated by operational.


Project leader: DCNS
Project Support: Pôle Mer Mediterrannée
Industrial partners: SOFRESUD, ROCKWELL COLLINS, FURUNO, TECHCOM SERVICES, KONGSBERG, SPACETECH, CLEARPRIORITY, ZEPPELIN, METEOSIM, AJECO, AIRSHIPVISION, ECOMER, INTUILAB, , E. VAN HOOYDONK
Research Center Partners centres de recherches: ARMINES, CNRS, INP TOULOUSE, UNIVERSITÉ PAUL SABATIER, UNIVERSITÉ TOULOUSE (IRIT)

Contact Us

For more information Tel. : + 33 4 94 11 57 00 contact@sofresud.com

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