RPAS operation begins offering enhanced maritime surveillance to Danish national authorities
The objective of this market consultation is to enable EMSA to gather more in-depth knowledge of the market structure, proven technical solutions, and players related to the provision of the RPAS maritime surveillance services from patrol vessels, under the conditions defined in the Guiding Requirements. For that purpose, EMSA invites interested RPAS operators and manufacturers to respond to the questionnaire below.
Subsequently, and dependent on the results of this Market Consultation, the objective will be to procure RPAS services with beyond visual line of sight capabilities, low footprint, and with 2 to 4 hours of endurance. Moreover, the nominal functions and tasks onboard the vessel shall be minimally affected by the installation and usage of the RPAS. Such a low logistical footprint will also facilitate the installation of small/medium size patrol vessels.
These RPAS services will aim at supporting Coast Guard functions from patrol vessels, including verification of respect for maritime legislation (e.g. by measuring the Fuel Sulphur Content of the burnt fuel via the SOx, CO2, and NOx concentration in the plume of vessels).
For each of the Principles below, please provide your understanding and potential solution from a technical and operational perspective. Highlight the advantages and shortcomings of the proposed solutions. If possible, provide links to videos, images, and/or supporting documents to show the features of your solution.
Response to the questionnaire shall be submitted no later than 8 June 2022.
To submit a response to this Preliminary Market Consultation please fill in the questionnaire below and for any further inquiries, please send an e-mail to the following address:
On other hand From mid-May EMSA RPAS are flying from Denmark’s northernmost town Skagen, offering enhanced maritime surveillance. The service is being provided by EMSA following a request from the Royal Danish Navy which is using the service alongside fellow national authorities, including the Danish Customs and Danish Fisheries Agency, as they implement coast guard functions.
The RPAS service is delivered by EMSA through the contractor, Schiebel Aircraft GmbH, and will see a Schiebel Camcopter S100 deployed in support of Danish authorities’ maritime surveillance activities over a two-month period.
The aircraft is an unmanned helicopter with an endurance of six hours and a range of more than 100 km. It is equipped with both an optical and infrared camera, as well as an AIS receiver and an automated maritime search sensor capable of detecting objects on the sea surface.