New legislation now requires ships to burn low sulphur fuel when operating in emissions control areas (ECAs) which continue to expand around the world. Non-compliance is a criminal matter, so effective enforcement is critical. The only viable means of enforcement at sea is to use remotely piloted aircraft systems 'RPAS' (also known as unmanned aerial systems 'UAS') equipped with gas analysers.


Martek are the pioneers of this application which is being delivered as a service to all EU member states, via our OP06 contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). We're the only maritime company with combined expertise in emissions monitoring and RPAS/UAS.

Our unique enforcement service flies military grade unmanned helicopters which are integrated with SO2 & CO2 analysers, up to 100km 'beyond visual line of sight' (BVLOS) at sea. The service delivers detection and identification of ships with instant indication of compliance (or otherwise!) with EU fuel sulphur limits. A similar service is available to port authorities for enforcement in harbours and alongside, using smaller unmanned systems.

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