European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), EU
Olaf Trieschmann is presently with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), where he as senior officer holds a key role to the development and operation of remote piloted aircraft systems for maritime surveillance. Previously he was from the beginning key in setting up the Agency’s earth observation services and the satellite based European oil spill and vessel detection service “CleanSeaNet”. He is a senior expert on remote sensing, was founding chairman of EGEMP (European Group of Experts on Satellite Monitoring of Sea-based Oil Pollution), member of the German delegation to the international GEO/GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) initiative and member of the GMES (now “COPERNICUS”) “Marine Core Service Implementation Group”. Dr Trieschmann received his diploma and PhD in Physics from the University Karlsruhe, Germany. He started his professional career in remote sensing of the upper atmosphere in the framework of the ozone hole and global warming research. Since 2000 he is working on aerial monitoring and earth observation systems and in particular in the maritime domain.
Societal challenges such as maritime pollution, the growth of irregular immigration, illegal fishing, safety of navigation are increasing interest in obtaining effective maritime domain awareness. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) provides comprehensive maritime domain information to the European Member States and European bodies. Aerial observation bridges the gap between satellite observations, which provide a large coverage but cannot stay on site and vessels which provide detailed information but only for a certain spot. In particular, Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) allow with their long endurance covering large areas for detection of objects and have the ability to stay on spot for investigation of certain objects in detail. EMSA has contracted multiple RPAS multi-purpose services covering a large range of operations. The fixed wing RPAS range from 25kg to 1200kg MTOW and are equipped with sensors including EO/IR, Maritime radar with synthetic aperture radar modes, AIS and distress signal receivers. In order to enable beyond radio line-of-sight far range operations the bigger RPAS operate under SATCOM, for which EMSA has contracted SATCOM services under a new business model suited for RPAS operations. In order to extend the operational range of vessels, EMSA added to its portfolio VTOL RPAS systems, particularly relevant for fishery control. For measuring the sulphur content in the fuel of vessels, VTOL and smaller fixed wing systems are contracted. Finally multi-copter systems operated from vessels support the recovery operations of vessels in case of oil pollutions. These EMSA RPAS services can be seen a precursor for future civil maritime RPAS operations. The presentation will show the RPAS available under the contracts and their capabilities, will give an overview of the operations and the gained experiences in particular during the set-up of services, and will draw conclusions for the future development of RPAS for the maritime domain.