The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has partnered with Schiebel to enhance its operations in northern France through the deployment of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 unmanned aerial system. This collaboration is part of a contract between EMSA and the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs, Fishery and Aquaculture (DGAMPA). The primary purpose of utilizing the S-100 is to support emission monitoring and maritime surveillance activities in the region.
The CAMCOPTER® S-100, stationed at CROSS Gris-Nez, plays a crucial role in ensuring maritime safety and security. Equipped with advanced technologies, including a Trakka TC-300 EO/IR sensor, an Explicit Mini Sniffer for emission monitoring, a Becker Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, and a Mode-S Transponder ADSB out, the S-100 is well-prepared for its mission.
The operational scope of the S-100 extends to environmental protection, fisheries inspection, Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, and the control of vessels passing through the Channel. This area of sea is renowned as one of the busiest shipping lanes worldwide, requiring round-the-clock monitoring of all maritime activities.
CROSS Gris-Nez, serving as the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Rescue at Sea, assumes the responsibilities of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) on the French side of the English Channel. With the S-100’s capabilities, EMSA and DGAMPA can effectively monitor and manage maritime operations in this critical region.
Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, expressed his pride in serving EMSA, describing them as one of their most prestigious customers. He emphasized the S-100’s proven track record in supporting numerous maritime authorities around the world. The collaboration between EMSA and Schiebel marks another milestone in their shared commitment to ensuring maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship.