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Extending data and services for safer navigation and marine protection

CALYPSO South addresses the challenges of safer marine transportation, protection of human lives at sea, and safeguarding of marine and coastal resources from irreversible damages. It is a commitment to put technological advancement and scientific endeavour at the service of humanitarian responses, reducing risks in sea faring, and protecting the marine environment.

CALYPSO South follows the trail of the previous CALYPSO and CALYPSO Follow On initiatives, with the overall objectives of:

  1. extending the CALYPSO HF radar network coverage to the western part of the Malta-Sicily Channel and the southern approaches to the Maltese archipelago,
  2. developing new monitoring and forecasting tools,
  3. delivering tailored operational downstream services to assist national responsible entities in their maritime security, rescue and emergency response commitments.
The expected changes comprise intelligent ICT support to responsible entities to limit intervention times and narrow down search areas.

Main outputs consist of weather stations for integrated port safety applications, additional HF radar stations to improve the coverage, quality and availability of data for targeted downstream services.

Beneficiary responsible entities include the Armed Forces of Malta, Transport Malta, Civil Protection Departments (of both Malta and Sicily), Italian Coast Guard, and Marina Militare Italiana. The resultant improved efficiency, range and reliability of their operations will enable superior security and safety at sea.

In CALYPSO SOUTH a synergistic approach between Maltese and Sicilian partners optimizes the transnational cooperation. A cross-border approach is required by the inherent and borderless characteristics of the topic. Indeed, the observed patterns of variability of sea currents and wind suggest that a hazard triggered in a site could threaten the counterpart site; moreover security at sea largely involves trans-boundary waters.

The project is a further building block towards the phased creation of permanent structures encompassing a comprehensive Marine Electronic Highway in the area.

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CALYPSO South partners