“The C-SIGMA Centre was founded to provide a global focal point for the use of unclassified space systems, primarily commercial, for the development of a Global Maritime Awareness system for the betterment of all men of good will”  Prof Guy Thomas, C-SIGMA Director

C-SIGMA is an international initiative intended to foster wider cooperation and exchange in the use of and access to satellite based maritime surveillance information at global level.

C-SIGMA stands for for Collaboration in Space for International Global Maritime Awareness. The phrase was coined and the concept developed by Guy Thomas, a former Navy signals intelligence officer and Science and Technology Advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard.

It encompasses the current use of presently available satellite resources together with the development of new space based capabilities and the issues associated with their integration into enhanced maritime surveillance systems at national and international level.