Making seas and oceans safer to naviguate
Develop new and innovative ways to monitor drifting containers via the use of satellites technology.


Drifting containers can pose a serious risk to the maritime safety. Each year, thousends of containers fall off boats. The effectiveness of existing communication systems being used to pass on navigational warnings concerning drifting containers is believed to be very poor. This project presents a new way to tackle this issue, by using satellite sensors to monitor the drifting containers and displaying their location and drifting prevision in an established satellite position tracking system.

In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?

Developing a prototype of the algorithm that can detect containers is the first phase of this project. An initial study has already been performed and showed that the scope of this project is technically feasible. The second phase will consist of creating a project timeline, as well as setting milestones and deliverables. Further analyses of the target audience and market will also be performed at this stage.

How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?

100 days onboard the Coboat would allow me to perform all the research up until the stage of production.

Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?

I will be the beta brain behind this project and will work a friend of mine who would be responsible for all the non-technical matters.

Why should your project be chosen?

Being given the tools to work on my project, would help raise awareness of this problem and kickstart a project that could save lives, by preventing containers collision accidents at sea, as the maritime traffic is increasing, and therefore those collision risks. The benefits of this increasing maritime safety project will be scalable and global.

What does this project mean to you?

Embarking on the Coboat for a hundred days would be a valuable experience on many different levels. It would be my first real entrepreneurial project, and I am sure it will help me grow personally and professionally. Sailing has been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember, and have therefore also developed a strong interest in all things maritime. As floating containers pose increasing danger to traffic at sea, I am eager to help finding a solution for this issue.

Why do you want to do this project?

I cannot think of an ‘office’ that would be a better fit for this project. Being onboard the Coboat will mean I will be given the time, time, freedom and creative environment to fulfill this project, that I've been thinking about for the past two years.

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Not yet, beside the Pleiades image I used as picture for this application, taken from the Geo Airbusds website:

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your professional background. How do you fit into a team? What have you done before within the field of your idea?

I am a remote sensing engineer by trade, but can’t help but drift toward more adventurous activities when I am out of the office. I love traveling, meeting new people and cultures and am happiest when I am out on open water. Austria is what I currently call home and where I am working on geospatial and space technology solutions within an international organisation, but I am already craving for my next adventure.

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