There is a significant increase in presence of Chinese fishing ships also known as “China’s Maritime Militia”, according to United States-based Geospatial AI company Simularity.
Simularity said that its automated analysis of Sentinel 2 satellite imagery through 2020 indicates that there was a heavy presence of large ships (greater than 30 meters in length) near Pag-asa Island in February 2020.
However, Simularity noted that the numbers tapered off significantly between March and May.
“The number of large ships in the area started to rise again in June and July, with a sharp increase in August and September, approaching the levels seen in February,” the Geospatial AI company said.
“Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) experts from AllSource Analysis confirmed these results and used Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite imagery to count ships in the area for periods when optical satellite imagery was not available due to heavy cloud cover,” it added.
Simularity has launched a new South China Sea alert service, the SCS Rapid Alert Platform.
“The increased availability of satellite imagery and Simularity’s Automated Image Anomaly Detection System (AIADS) make it possible to monitor and alert clients about significant developments in large regions like this one. Simularity’s software can quickly analyze satellite images that cover vast areas of the planet, and keep up with new imagery that arrives daily,” Simularity said.