A marker is a “flag” or point of recognition to draw attention to a specific situation. The MarQER JIP wants to do exactly that for emission and for risk. The main idea will be to determine a real-time index for the emissions and risks of individual vessels. This will be based on the AISsignals together with other characteristics of the area. The idea of a risk index for individual vessels is not new and a first effort has already been made within several EU-projects. Also the coupling between AISdata and emission factors to “measure” the total emission in an area has been done over the past years. But to combine this gathered knowledge with the simulator expertise into one operational environment is something new and will open doors for many other technical, operational and tactical applications.
The main objective of the MarQER JIP will be to determine a real-time emission and risk index for all vessels broadcasting AIS within a VTS sector. This index can be used for many different purposes, such as
- Real-time monitoring, so it will be of assistance to VTS operators;
- “History” reporting, so it can be of assistance to authorities and policymakers.