Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) is the effective understanding of activities, associated with and occurring in the maritime domain that could impact on the security, safety and environment of the European Union and its Member States.
Following a tasking by the EU-Defence Ministers in late 2005, EDA launched in September 2006 the Maritime Surveillance project (MARSUR), with the aim to create a network using existing naval and maritime information exchange systems. Overall goals are to avoid duplication of effort and the use of available technologies, data and information, to enhance cooperation in a simple, efficient and low-cost solution for military and civil cooperation, and to support safety and security.
After extensive work by fifteen Member States the project came to a decisive point as it entered the end of the demonstration phase for a basic MARSUR-Network.
The live demonstration during the Distinguished Visitors Day (DV-Day) on 30 June 2011 was using the connections between independent systems from Italy, Finland, France, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden. The full success clearly proved the capabilities of the chosen federated system-of-systems approach.
The term “system-of-systems” stands for the connecting of existing networks.