Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Muirhead, Peter M.


This dissertation is a study of the widespread utilization of satellite technology in the maritime world, with particular reference to the applications and implications of communication, navigation and remote sensing satellites to shipping and other maritime related fields. A brief look is taken at the general background of satellite technology, including the growth and development and basic techniques as well as categorization of applications. This is followed by a more detailed view of the three different areas of the applications of satellite technology, namely maritime communications, marine navigation and maritime meteorology and oceanography. The two well-known satellite-based systems, the INMARSAT System and the Global Positioning System, are both widely used by the maritime community and thus emphasized in this study. Apart from a brief description of those two systems, their applications are examined, their impact on the marine industry is discussed and their future development is investigated in order to obtain an appreciation of their role in the present maritime world. The applications of remote sensing satellites in marine meteorology and oceanography are also discussed. In addition to the above, the impact of the increasing use of satellite technology on maritime education and training is investigated. The concluding chapter is a summary of the main points discussed in the core chapters, which reflect the author’s viewpoint