Application of UAV for Maritime Surveillance


The technology on UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) has become maturing and widely used in the field of military affairs and civil purposes. Due to the good flexibility, high efficiency, low cost and damage, low risk, and excellent monitoring ability and widespread coverage, the UAV is capable of waterborne supervision.

For the characteristics of flexibility, timeliness, low coast, low consumption, low risk, strong monitor capability, and widespread coverage of the UAV, it is very suitable for the services:

  • Maritime safety supervision
  • Marine patrol and law enforcement
  • Emergency response
  • Maritime search and rescue
  • Detection of the oil spill and pollution of ship discharge
  • Patrol and examine of the buoy, survey of the channel.

Maritime safety supervision. Marine patrol and law enforcement

The UAV can effectively supplement the shortage of patrol craft in speed and efficiency. With the introduction of the UAV, it can provide quick-response and timely-investigation to prevent the hit-and-run of the vessel. It can also record and store the evidence with the use of on-board camera devices for further handling.

Maritime search and rescue. Emergency response

In search and rescue, the aircraft or UAV will always get to the scene immediately and fly above the object area with slow speed. The UAV can detect the live objective with the airborne visible-light cooled-infrared pod avoiding the missing for the uncertainty of artificial search. The cooled-infrared sensor of the electro-optical pod can separate the color of the live objective with the unlived within his field of view. To distinct the color, the person on the ground can indicate the object for the rescue helicopter and naval vessel and command the coordination of the rescue helicopter, rescue boat, and the shipping. Another advantage of the UAV is that it can resist wind force eight. With this advantage, the UAV can reach the dangerous area that most people and craft cannot get in. It can also transit the high definition videos and images to the monitor center to facilitate the rapid processing of the information.

Detection of the oil spill and pollution of ship discharge

One of the first care themes of the maritime state is the protection of the sea environment. With the transportation of offshore oil increasing annually and upsizing of the oil tanker, the risk of oil spill increased correspondingly. Statistics show that oil is the main source of pollution. Forty-two percent of the discharging of oil into the sea is caused by the oil transition every year. So, each maritime state drew up the emergency plan of oil spilling, and the IMO also adopted some related resolutions. With the increase of import volume of oil and marine petroleum exploitation, it is important to real-timely monitor the oil spill. The first few hours are the best chance to prevent oil spread and hazard.

The ability to rapidly deploy resources is a key element when attempting to protect lives, businesses, and the environment. UAS Raybird-3 enables time-critical surveillance missions to be launched in minutes. Whether what tasks you have on coastlines or sea, our UAS provides enhanced intelligence for maritime surveillance. We use remote sensors that capture and transmit real-time data, including thermal and high definition imaging, which allows to make decisions faster when time is of the essence.

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