”Space for Blue’

By The European Space Agency

Outreach Event


At 09:00
At 18:00
The Netherlands


– Organiser: The European Space Agency
– Language: English
– Virtual or in-person: In-person

Tuesday 13 February 2024,  9.00 – 18.00 CET,  ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

The “Space for Blue” event will explore the possibilities that lie at the intersection of the space and maritime sectors.

The event will bring together key stakeholders from the maritime sector and beyond to discuss the challenges across four key areas:
•    Maritime Safety and Security
•    Maritime sustainability
•    Blue Natural Capital
•    Blue Energy

This event, which will focus on addressing the specific challenges faced by North and Baltic Seas stakeholders, will bring together users and service providers to discuss how challenges in the four subject areas can be tackled effectively using space-based solutions.


The maritime sector plays a key role in the global economy, serving as a lifeline for international trade, transportation, energy production, and as a vital source of food. Shipping remains the most cost-effective and efficient mode of transporting goods across long distances. Roughly 95% of global trade by volume is carried out via maritime routes, making ports and shipping lanes essential components of the global supply chain. The fisheries and aquaculture sector also plays a vital role in providing food for millions of people worldwide, especially in coastal regions and developing countries where seafood often constitutes a primary source of animal protein. Oceans also harbour immense quantities of energy. 

However, the industry is under increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact. Issues such as air and water pollution pose significant challenges. Stricter regulations and demands for cleaner, more sustainable practices are driving the industry to adopt greener technologies and practices. Moreover, geopolitical issues surrounding illegal maritime migration, border security, smuggling and piracy are fast becoming a high priority for many governments. As a result of these challenges, space-based services are becoming common practice within the industry as they are able to address the requirements of the sector in a ubiquitous, timely, and cost-effective manner. 

What will the day involve?

The day will feature a number of expert speakers for each focus areas, with lunch and networking opportunities included.

A full agenda will be published in due course.

Who should attend?

Maritime sector stakeholders include maritime industry, authorities and solution providers, especially those interested in innovative digital solutions and space technology providers engaged in the maritime sector.

The event is free to attend, but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please register your interest by clicking HERE.