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Nordic Unmanned & European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Start Sulphur Measurements in World’s Busiest Shipping Lane

SEPTEMBER 28th, 2020 Pas-de-Calais, France – Nordic Unmanned, alongside our great partners, NORCE Research Institute AS, Schiebel and Explicit, look forward to assist EMSA in supporting 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 Nordic Unmanned with its partner NORCE Research Institute AS, 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 permit to fly an unmanned aircraft with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (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, are tremendous.”

Press release from EMSA

About Nordic Unmanned

Nordic Unmanned delivers comprehensive data solutions through industry leading expertise, to assist both public and private customers in the transition to unmanned technology. The focus is to support demanding clients by collecting time-critical data with the use of unmanned technology. Founded in 2014, the company has offices in Stavanger, Oslo, and Frankfurt, and has quickly become one of Europe’s leading providers of unmanned systems and services, with operations across the continent.The company is ISO 9001-2015 certified by DNV-GL as a UAV and sensor operator. For more information visit