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The report provides an estimate of the economic and social benefits of the use of augmented positioning services in the maritime sector.
The maritime sector relies on accurate positioning for safe navigation and operation of ships in confined waters, in environmentally sensitive areas and for operations in the offshore oil and gas sector. Integrity is as important as position. Navigation standards specify a time to alarm of 10 seconds.
The economic and social benefits of navigation technologies relying on augmented GNSS include:
Savings in port infrastructure from improved channel tolerances reducing the cost of buoys and dredging by around AUD 1.8 million in 2012 and AUD 2 million in 2020.
The total amount attributable to the maritime sector total to around AUD 4.2 million in 2012 and 16.2 million by 2020. These amounts represent around 0.07 per cent and 0.30 per cent of total output from the maritime sector. The savings in seismic surveying have been attributed to the mining sector for the economic analysis.