Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Enables Ship Emissions Monitoring for EMSA in the North Sea

Schiebel, in collaboration with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), is at the forefront of ship emission monitoring by providing its advanced CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) to the German Federal Police and Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.

Operating from the patrol vessel “Bamberg”, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is deployed day and night to monitor commercial ship emissions within the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the North Sea. Additionally, the UAS supports various maritime surveillance tasks, including vessel traffic monitoring, maritime law enforcement patrols in German territorial waters, environmental protection, and providing support for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions when needed.

The S-100 UAS plays a critical role in measuring ships’ Sulphur emissions in busy shipping lanes, ensuring compliance with the EU regulations on the Sulphur content of marine fuels in real time. Measurements captured by the UAS are transmitted during flight to the EMSA RPAS Data Centre and subsequently shared with the relevant authorities.

Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, expressed the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, stating, “By measuring sulphur emissions and collecting data on ships that fail to comply with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) environmental regulations, we play a vital role in safeguarding the sustainability of our ecosystem. We are proud to see the S-100 UAS serving as a valuable asset in this important endeavor.”

The collaboration between Schiebel, EMSA, and the German Federal Police and Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency demonstrates a significant step forward in leveraging innovative technology for ship emission monitoring, environmental protection, and maritime law enforcement.

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