Combatting IUU Fishing in Chilean waters with MAS

Image: Area monitoring – MAS provides an immediate and complete situational picture of an area of interest. Here, activity in Chilean waters. The example above shows monitoring of the fishing traffic in the zone.   The IUU fishing industry is valued at $15.5 to $36.4 billion annually and accounts for 20 to 50 percent of

EFFECTOR EU H2020 Project: The power of data to boost maritime surveillance

Safer, more secure and cleaner seas and oceans is a prime concern. Securing the maritime domain is obviously essential to protect the EU’s strategic maritime interests. The EU-funded EFFECTOR project will boost maritime surveillance and improve decision support.

ISAT M2M end of life, replace your equipment with CLS

Inmarsat, with Orbcomm (previously Skywave), have announced the withdrawal of the IsatM2M satellite service with an end-of life date on the 31th of December 2020 for the Asia-Pacific region (North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, Philippine Sea, Coral Sea, Tasman Sea, and South Pacific Ocean). For the rest of the regions (Indian ocean,

CLS is attending digital Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology (MRST) 2021 trade fair from 3rd to 4th February

Meet the CLS Maritime Surveillance team on our MRST virtual booth. We’ll be presenting our innovative space-Based domain awareness solutions for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance both on our booth, and through small talks. Our maritime surveillance expert Jonathan Fletcher will talk about ” Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness Through Complementary Satellite Based Services & Multi-Source Data

Vendée Globe: satellites monitor the threat of the icebergs and we adapt the AEZ accordingly

While the RACE lead is currently in the middle of the Atlantic, some of the participants are still in the South Pacific approaching Cape Horn. This gateway to the Atlantic is a symbolic and emblematic stage for every skipper. The AEZ (Antarctic Exclusion Zone), the ice zone adjacent to the famous cape whose crossing is synonymous

Position: iceberg hunter

Icebergs represent the greatest risk to competitors of the Vendée Globe as they enter the next stretch of the race: the Southern Ocean. We spoke to Jimmy Viard, the CLS radar specialist who is tasked with monitoring icebergs in the area and advising the race organizers to ensure that contestants navigate safely through the area.   After proving himself as a skilled

CLS Response to COVID-19

In an unprecedented context, France has had to take strict measures once again to protect its citizens. CLS is committed to providing its full support in the fight against the spread of the virus. Our aim is to act responsibly, following the recommendations of the WHO and the French government, while continuing to meet the

Worldwide shipping experienced a revolution on January 1, 2020 with the new IMO emission standards

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, by reducing the sulfur content of engine fuels, is just one of the many challenges facing the shipping industry as it makes the transition to a sustainable future. How can drones help monitor ship emissions?  Remote monitoring of ship emissions involves the use of autonomous & smart measuring instruments,

Arnaud Blanchard, Mr. Drone at CLS

Conscientious, respect for the rules, a sense of values: Arnaud spent 25 years in the French Army and Navy, and it shows. He worked with satellites, drones, and airplanes…no matter what aerospace technology, he gets the information needed. He found the same values and work ethic at CLS, which he joined in 2015 as head

Vendée Globe 2020: CLS official partner and ice vigil

CLS is a global company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth, created in 1986. We are subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES) and CNP, an investment firm. Our mission is to create innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet and to manage its resources sustainably.   Vendée Globe

Hydrocarbon Pollution Alert in Mauritius

The MV Wakashio, stranded on the reefs at Pointe-d’Esny, Mauritius, since 25 July, was carrying on board 200 tonnes of diesel and 3,800 tonnes of heavy oil. An ingress of water had been reported by the master of the vessel at the time, and a recent black slick had escaped in the vicinity of the

How can drones help monitor maritime zones?

Illicit activities are a daily occurrence on the world’s oceans: pollution and oil spills, people trafficking, smuggling, terrorism, illegal fishing, piracy and armed robbery. Drones are easy to deploy and facilitate critical operations at sea. They complement existing systems for detecting illegal actions and are proving to be a powerful tool for maritime authorities faced

What are the main challenges facing navies, customs, coastguards and other maritime security organizations?

Come see us at the Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Conference in Rome, Italy, from 5 to  6 February 2020. Learn about our solutions (based on satellites and RPAS) to support law enforcement in tackling illegal activities, including oil pollution, illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling and drug trafficking. The conference will bring together a wide range

Publication by the French Navy’s MICA Center (Maritime Information Cooperation & Awareness Center) of the 2019 worldwide report on piracy and robbery

The security of our oceans worldwide has been scrutinized in the MICA Center report: a resurgence of robbery in the Caribbean, a sharp increase in kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea over the past three years, with Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Togo in the lead, while the figures for the Indian Ocean have been falling

The Sinking of the Erika, 20 Years Later – “The authorities were almost blind… today they can see everything”

On 12 December 1999, at dawn, in a raging ocean, the oil tanker Erika sank in 120 metres of water off the coast of Brittany. It had been in trouble since the day before due to a technical failure. The 26 crew members would be rescued by helicopter. 20,000 tonnes of fuel escaped from the

CLS is attending Interpol World in Singapore, 2-4 July 2019

We are proud to introduce at Interpol World Singapore our brand-new Maritime Awareness System, a unique state-of-the-art platform for maritime intelligence.   

Jules Verne Trophy: CLS detects dangerous icebergs via satellite

The Jules Verne trophy is an incredible circumnavigation speed challenge, for crewed vessels, without stopovers. Contestants must cross the starting line between Créac’h lighthouse on Ushant Island and Lizard Lighthouse and travel around the world leaving the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn to port. It’s a crazy adventure for extraordinary navigators, imagined one

European Space Week, Marseille, 3-6 December 2018

How Space is Making Maritime Surveillance Faster and Smarter? CLS was here! Strong interest and a lot of upcoming small revolutions on the EU satellite industry. Photo: Marc Leminh, Manager of KINEIS, presenting the new IoT Network connectivity. Available everywhere, low power consumption, simple, reliable and affordable. A revolutionary connectivity that has been custom-designed

Les Assises de l’économie de la mer : CLS Highlights

The Off of November 26: visit of CLS Brest with a delegation of about ten people, in the presence of the deputy of French Polynesia. 1st day of the meeting Lunch at the table of the Chief of the Navy Staff, Admiral Christophe Prazuck. 2nd day of the meeting – Participation in the round table

CLS launches the challenge “Space IoT technology for the oceans”

CLS is getting closer and closer to the sea and is establishing itself in the south of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. In this context, the company offers SMEs the opportunity to use satellite connected object technology to meet the needs of the maritime industry. As the designated heir to Argos, Kinéis, a subsidiary of

Les Assises de la Mer – Starting Today for 2 Days of Workshops on the Blue Economy, in Brest, France.

The “Assises de l’économie de la mer” is the main event of the French maritime community. Vincent Kerbaol, CLS Brest, will speak in a workshop scheduled on Wednesday 28 November from 11:00 to 12:15: Come learn “How Maritime Defense Helps Research, Industrial Progress and Society” Vincent Kerbaol, CLS Brest, Nov 28, 11:00-12:15 Mr Kerbaol will discuss

Kineis, a unique constellation

KINÉIS, new major player in French NewSpace, launches the first European constellation of nanosatellites and democratizes access to global connectivity (IoT). With the support of CNES, CLS: Collecte Location Satellites, announces the creation of a new subsidiary, Kineis. Kineis aims to become a major player in NewSpace and allow, by 2030, several million objects to

Tracking HurricaneLane by satellite as it approaches Hawaii

The CLS Group and Ifremer in cooperation with ESA have tracked HurricaneLane by satellite since August 18th. Experts acquire regular SAR images from European satellites Sentinel-1A, 1-B and the Canadian satellite RadarSat-2 (thanks to GIS BreTel) to measure its progress, and in particular high resolution wind. This ESA demonstrator project capitalizes on other R&D projects

ActInSpace 2018 : AIS challenge

ActInSpace is an innovation contest (Hackathon) initiated by the French Space Agency (CNES) uniting over 60 cities across 5 continents. This international event aims to bring together entrepreneurs, students, developers, creatives… For 24 hours, teams will work on challenges proposed by various companies, with the support of business and technical experts, to imagine products and services, based on spatial technologies/data,

CLS participates to the Marine Environment Protection Commitee (MEPC) in London

From 9 to 13 April, the 72nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Commitee (MEPC) take place at the IMO Headquarters in London. The five main topics of this meeting are: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships Implementation of sulphur 2020 limit Ballast water management treaty implementation Measures to reduce risks of use and

France well coordinated to efficiently support fight against pollution at sea

CLS together with the Cluster Maritime Français, organized on March 21st, a presentation of the space-based technologies to fight effectively against the maritime pollutions. All relevant French stakeholders have been attending the meeting (French Maritime Affairs, Governmental officials, Secretariat General de la Mer, French customs, Ministry of Justice, Maritime Police, NGOs…). More than 30 people, eminent representatives

40 years after the sinking of the Amoco Cadiz

40 years ago, facing the municipality of Portsall, the supertanker Amoco Cadiz, releases 220000 tons of crude oil. It is then one of the worst oil spills in history that begins. Still anchored in the collective memory, the memory of Amoco Cadiz will be the subject of various events by March 31st. François Cuillandre, CEO

Which technologies for the fight against marine pollution?

CLS organizes with the Cluster Maritime Français a breakfast of exchanges on the stakes and the contributions of the space-based technologies to fight effectively against the maritime pollutions. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am At Cluster Maritime Français, 47 Rue de Monceau Paris 8ème Invitational event, Register here before March 14, 2018 to

Tracking of Sargassum by CLS

Since 2017 CLS collaborated with Nova Blue Environment to detect sargassum and predict landings in Guadeloupe and Martinique. Combining satellite images with the CLS drift model MOBIDRIFT, very large Sargassum rafts are located offshore near Guadeloupe and Martinique; their drift is forecasted and the time and location of landing is estimated. The aim being to organize a rapid collection to avoid inconvenience and damage

Effective Implementation and Management of the LRIT System

CLS / FULCRUM at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to support the future of LRIT, a solution which CLS/FULCRUM are promoting worldwide with more than 60 customers/countries.

CLS, ready to take on the challenge of blue growth

In a meeting organized with representatives of the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, Nicolas Hulot, French Minister of Ecology, set blue economy targets in a key phrase: “We must accelerate” This event dedicated to blue growth, which took place in France last Friday, enabled the minister to meet representatives of French civil society, military, and companies

CLS participates to the Air Paris Show 2017 to promote space and maritime applications

The Paris Air Show 2017 “Salon du Bourget” is a privileged moment to describe the new activities and the potential offered by space solutions. In the current context of digital transition, space applications are present in our daily lives. CLS, a subsidiary of  the French Agency CNES, will be present throughout this event to present

Maritime & Port Authority Singapore (MPA) awards CLS to host and operate the Singapore LRIT National Data Center

Toulouse, February 28th 2017 – CLS is very pleased to announce successful start of operations for the Singapore LRIT NDC, from Toulouse (FRANCE), on behalf of Singapore Maritime & Port Authority (MPA). The Singapore LRIT NDC is ensuring the tracking and LRIT compliance of all Singapore flagged vessels above 300 GT required to comply with

Fulcrum Maritime Systems joins CLS Group

CLS Group and Fulcrum Maritime Systems (FMS) joined forces at the end of 2016 to become a world-leading maritime surveillance service provider. CLS Group infrastructure and worldwide network, as well as FMS expertise on maritime services such as LRIT, are expected to further increase operational capabilities for the benefit of existing customers. Christophe Vassal, CEO

Maritime surveillance workshop in Kuala Lumpur, December 1st, 2016.

CLS gathered in Kuala Lumpur about 25 persons, representing 4 countries, from maritime authorities. Presentations have been given about state of the art of technologies for maritime surveillance by satellite. Focus has been made on the principal problematics of the maritime domain : pollution by ships, illegal trafficking, piracy. Use cases have been presented to

Japan chooses CLS to provide LRIT services

In February 2016, CLS has been selected to operate the Japan LRIT (Long Range Identification & Tracking) Data Centre to assist the Japan Coast Guard in their daily operations. The challenge: to provide operational LRIT DC and airtime services by April 1st. 3 main uses: Safety Protection of the marine environment Support to rescue at sea

CLS will participate to the Lomé SUMMIT on maritime security

The seas and oceans are a significant resource of considerable value to Africa. In this context, the Togolese government is organizing a series of events to run alongside the African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa, known as the SIDE EVENTS, from 10-15 October 2016, on the Esplanade of

Maritime piracy : a collaborative approach

Workshop Towards an EU Maritime Piracy Information network The DG MOVE/CLS workshop “towards an enhanced maritime piracy information network” was held on 16 & 17 February 2016 in CLS Headquarters, at Toulouse (France). The meeting was a success and much progress was made towards understanding how to improve collaboration on maritime piracy prevention and response.

CLS helps Europe to enforce maritime emissions monitoring with the ESA feasibility study “STEAM”

On January 1st 2015, the amended European Directive to limit the Sulfur Oxydes (SOx) emissions entered into force. Enforcing this Directive requires emissions monitoring for all vessels. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are an excellent tool for measuring ship emissions. The ESA feasibility study “STEAM”* has started on November, 1st 2015 and is led by CLS. CLS, which has been working

CLS is appointed as conformance testing for Singapore

With the recognition by Liberia LISCR and Singapore MPA, CLS is today confirmed as a major LRIT testing ASP worldwide. To help ship owners comply with these obligations, CLS offers to conduct LRIT Conformity Tests in accordance with the SOLAS requirements and will be able to carry out the necessary conformance test in order to certify the LRIT communication capabilities of the

Towards an EU piracy information network

Piracy response and prevention has become a crucial mission for governments, international organizations and ship-owners alike. The European Commission (DG MOVE) has awarded an 18-month contract to CLS, to identify the most effective and reliable approach to disseminating worldwide information on piracy and armed robbery at sea to EU stakeholders (ships/ ship operators/ ship owners,

CLS awarded contract to provide SAT-AIS Solution to Peruvian Navy DICAPI

CLS is pleased to work with satellite AIS data provider ExactEarth Ltd to provide SAT-AIS services to the Peruvian Navy (DICAPI). For over 30 years CLS has been providing customized maritime surveillance solutions to national governments and Coast Guard agencies all over the world. CLS SAT-AIS solutions offer clients an optimized service that collects, processes and integrates raw data into

CLS confirmed as Major LRIT ASP

Following a call for tender, CLS is pleased to announce that EMSA has renewed its trust in CLS for the provision of LRIT ASP services. « With almost 30 years experience in maritime geointelligence, we view this new contract as a strong recognition of the quality of our maritime surveillance services. We are very pleased with this award, proud to serve

Acquisition of Horizon Marine Inc.

With the acquisition of Horizon Marine Inc., CLS has entered the American market for services to the offshore oil industry CLS, the Toulouse-based ocean-monitoring group, has staked out a position in the Gulf of Mexico by purchasing Horizon Marine Inc., the American specialist in services to offshore oil companies, and thus broadened its offer to

Maritime piracy : a collaborative approach

Towards an EU Maritime Piracy Information network You are faced with maritime piracy threats , You consider piracy as the hottest issue of the moment, You have developed an expertise in this domain, You are a player in the fight against maritime piracy, You’re convinced the best way to improve existing solutions is to collaborate

CLS, The first French collaborative SENTINEL-1 receiving station

CLS’s VIGISAT station, based in Brest (France), receives images from the Sentinel-1 satellite constellation. VIGISAT becomes the first French collaborative station and will continue to provide data and products with near real-time positioning services and sea states measurements for maritime surveillance applications. From the beginning, CLS has been involved in the Sentinel -1A mission. Indeed, CLS

CLS provides integrated SAT-AIS services

CLS is a subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES) and provider of satellite-based maritime information services. CLS addresses the needs of a variety of clients for worldwide environmental monitoring, sustainable management of marine resources, maritime security and safety. Today, CLS is cooperating closely with European partners to further improve satellite-based Automatic Identification System (AIS),

MARISX 2013 exercice : CLS action as key satellite-based maritime expert

As part of the Maritime Information Sharing Exercise 2013 (MARISX) held at the IFC in Singapore last May, CLS provided operational support in the different exercises that were undertaken. Several satellite sources have been collected and processed by CLS within that scope, in close cooperation with operational Teams. On top of the CLS Data Fusion

New routes, new technologies

With the opening up of shipping lanes in the Arctic, a new world of shipping opportunities is possible. Fleets require reliable tracking and security capabilities, wherever they choose to operate in theworld. Today, SHIPLOC VI, CLS’s new generation of SSAS long range tracking and alert services, takes a first step towards equipping vessels to ensure