EU’s Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA): Advancements and Limitations

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The growth in intensity, proliferation, and dispersion of maritime activities in the 2000s increased the pertinence and difficulty of Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA). Consequently, the EU engaged in advancing doctrines and mechanisms of MSA. This article examines the strategy and practices the EU followed in the four key elements of MSA: (1) surveillance and data collection, (2) data fusion and knowledge development, (3) coordination and dissemination of information, and (4) management and improvement of MSA structures. It argues that the EU is well prepared and engaged in MSA, through the use of multiple agencies. The multiple agencies grant specific expertise to the EU in several domains, but the institutional dispersion hinders the coherence, effectiveness, and cumulative knowledge of the organization. This article concludes that the advancements and limitations of MSA within the EU seem to suggest the EU would benefit from a centralized maritime authority.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments and Advances in Defense and Security
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of MICRADS 2021
EditorsÁlvaro Rocha, Carlos Hernan Fajardo-Toro, José María Riola Rodríguez
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-4884-7
ISBN (Print)978-981-16-4883-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventProceedings of MICRADS 2021 - , Colombia
Duration: 18 Aug 202120 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies


ConferenceProceedings of MICRADS 2021


  • MSA
  • Maritime Situational Awareness
  • EU
  • European union
  • Maritime Security


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