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The Maritime Safety Directorate of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia issued the first mobilization request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for Camcopter S-100 maritime surveillance services. EMSA has already awarded the multi-year maritime surveillance contract for a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Schiebel in November 2018. Within this contract with EMSA Schiebel will provide simultaneous maritime surveillance services to several European Union (EU) member states and EU bodies.

So starting this summer the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security, vessel traffic, environmental protection and response, ship casualty assistance, as well as accident and disaster response. For these purposes, the Camcopter S-100 will be based on the island of Brač and will carry out regular patrolling flights, on-demand incident monitoring missions and specific inspection operations. The S-100 will execute these tasks equipped with an L3 Wescam Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch payload and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.

“The Camcopter S-100 is the perfect VTOL UAS to perform these coast guard functions,” notes Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group. “Backed by an impressive service record in the maritime domain, the S-100 has established itself as the best choice whenever sophisticated maritime surveillance is required.”

Dorothee Frank