Marine technology company, Martek Marine, which is one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the UK, has fought off global competition to win a prestigious Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The services offered in the new contract, will fulfill part of the world’s largest ever civilian maritime drone contract, valued at EUR 67 million.

Martek’s drones will assist with border control activities, search and rescue operations and monitoring of pollution, as well as the detection of illegal fishing and drug and people trafficking.

A typical surveillance task involves the deployment of a drone from the deck of a ship to a specified area of interest. The drone then collects requested surveillance information before sending it to the users. The service provision from Martek not only includes the drones, but also the pilots, long-range antennae, mission control vehicles and ground crew. Video and drone sensor data will be streamed live to a control centre, to allow EU member states to make prompt decisions on intervention actions.