Maritime user segment

Background & Objectives

MARUSE focuses on technology and application development, implementation and demonstration in key maritime applications where the utilisation of Galileo will be of clear benefit. Typically, these are professional, high-end applications where the benefits include improved safety and efficiency of the broad range of maritime operations. Particular user domains selected are ports and inland waterways, with particular emphasis on marginal ships. The work includes developing and demonstrating service prototypes.

MARUSE is examining and addressing the navigational needs of the maritime user community by taking into account the developing Galileo system. In particular it is focusing on future requirements for maritime navigation, which have already been expressed formally from the IMO and other authorities. It addresses topics like security and safety, integrity, continuity, availability and accuracy where Galileo will play a vital part.


The MARUSE technical work will consist of studies and technical development activities. The main focus will be on the technical development activities while the studies aim to support the technical development activities on specific technical issues and in related areas such as market development, standardisation activities, legislation, etc. The key technical development activities within MARUSE are:

  • maritime Galileo pseudolites;
  • Galileo/GNSS receiver prototype capable of tracking GIOVE-A signal and Galileo pseudolites;
  • maritime user terminal;
  • maritime local element;
  • integrated navigation test bed;
  • utilisation of communication links (VHF, IALA, AIS, WLAN, GPRS/UMTS).

The work will be supported by:

  • market analysis;
  • business models;
  • legislation and regulations;
  • interaction with other standardisation activities;
  • technical studies (e.g. tropospheric issues, authentication, charts, LRIT).


The objective of the MARUSE project is to bring together SMEs, maritime GNSS industry, other GNSS industry and key service providers and users within maritime and inland waterways with the aim of introducing EGNOS and Galileo to the maritime domain. The work builds upon the major completed and ongoing activities within maritime use of EGNOS and Galileo.

Important building blocks for the work will be redistribution of EGNOS data for inland waterways as demonstrated in the ESA GALEWAT project, the local element work in the GILT project, the maritime harmonised seamless service concept developed in the MARGAL project, as well as the maritime standardisation work performed in the GEM projects. It is also foreseen that close co-operation with the MARNIS project, one of the larger maritime FP6 projects, will be of benefit, as well as close co-operation with other parallel GJU contracts within GNSS receiver development, maritime standardisation and service centre development.

The project includes development, integration and test activities related to maritime EGNOS/Galileo receivers and user terminals as well as maritime local elements and pseudolites (pseudo-satellites). MARUSE will demonstrate the benefits of EGNOS and Galileo for port operations and docking, in inland waterways and for intermodal transport utilising prototype user terminals and local elements. A special emphasis has been put on the development of AIS to provide differential services for maritime operations in ports, inland waterways and other areas where accuracy, integrity and continuity requirements are high due to traffic and restrictions in navigational ability.

Stig Erik Christiansen
Kongsberg Seatex
7462 Trondheim NO
EUSPA Project Officer: 
Stefano Scarda
Project Call: 
FP6 2nd Call
Contract Number: 

Work performed & results

The results from MARUSE are published in several reports and are also demonstrated in four user demonstrations for different user communities.

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  • MARUSE - offshore operationsKongsberg AS

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Updated: Oct 10, 2018