Pas-de-Calais, France – Nordic Unmanned, alongside our great partners NORCE Research Institute AS, Schiebel and Explicit, look forward to assisting EMSA in supporting the French Maritime Authorities in the enforcement of sulphur emission regulations in the world’s busiest shipping lane in the strait of Pas-de-Calais.
The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to French Authorities. The operations with the CAMCOPTER® S-100 started on the 23rd of September and will stretch over a 3-month period.
Bruno Boucher, Vice president of Governmental Affairs at Nordic Unmanned was delighted to get the operation underway in parallel to another similar active deployment: “Beyond the complex technical integration challenges, meeting all regulatory requirements and setting up an agile operation team that can deliver safe missions day after day in a multinational environment is what differentiates Nordic Unmanned in a fast-growing market “.
The consortium led by NordicUnmanned with its partner NORCEResearch InstituteAS,
leverages technology and services from Schiebel and Explicit, to ensure that vessels comply with the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations. Should vessels utilize fuel with a sulphur
concentration higher than the limitation of 0,1%, they could expect an inspection at the next port of call.
Knut Roar Wiig, CEO at Nordic Unmanned was excited about flying in France:
“We are very focused on supporting environmental authorities in enforcing the SO2 regulation to reduce marine air pollution. To be able to do so in the busiest shipping lane in the world is very important and satisfying for us. We continue to pioneer the unmanned aviation industry, and France is the 4th country in Europe where we are getting permits to fly an unmanned aircraft with MTOW greater than 150kg beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in different classes of civilian airspace. Our industry is still in the early exciting days, and the potential for the use of unmanned technology now, and in the future, is tremendous.”