Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 Performs Maritime Surveillance for EMSA


Published Apr 22, 2021 11:01 AM by The Maritime Executive

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is  operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for enhanced maritime surveillance in the  Baltic Sea. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by  the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and is also extended to Finland. 

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is currently supporting the Estonian Police and Border  Guard Board, followed by the Finnish Border Guard later this year, in carrying out  enhanced maritime surveillance in the Baltic Sea. The RPAS is being used to gain a  better picture of what is happening at sea, particularly useful in this region, where busy  shipping lanes and high cargo traffic make maritime safety and security a challenge. 

Operational cooperation is possible among all the participating member states which,  in addition to Estonia and Finland, also include Latvia and Sweden. The information  collected on board the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is shared simultaneously with these  neighbouring countries, thereby helping them to create a common maritime picture  and respond in close coordination with each other. 

The S-100 executes these tasks equipped with a TRAKKA TC-300 Electro-Optical /  Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch, a Becker  Avionics BD406 Emergency Beacon Locator and an Automatic Identification System  (AIS) receiver. 

Marge Kohtla, head of the maritime safety unit at the PPA, said: “The S-100 offers an  excellent opportunity for monitoring the maritime area, serving as an addition to the  existing maritime surveillance system, vessels of the PPA, smaller water craft, and  aircraft.” 

Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group, said: “We are proud to be  working with EMSA to support its member states in conducting the vital task of maritime surveillance. The S-100 is a proven and reliable asset, which is being  operated on all oceans.” 

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