Answer to Written Question: EMSA’s drone data centre

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Vălean

on behalf of the European Commission


According to the information provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Services (RPAS) Data Centre has been supporting EMSA RPAS services since it became operational in December 2017. The next generation of the RPAS Data Centre, called SurvSeaNet, has been procured and a contract has been awarded recently to Collecte Localisation Satellites. The contract award notice 2021/S 021-048748 available in e-tendering provides details regarding the contract award. The ‘appendix 3 TS – Product Requirements’ of the tender specifications available in e-tendering describes in detail the functionalities of the SurvSeaNet. The service provides a web-based user interface to live stream the video from the RPAS cameras and map the position and sensor data on a Geographic Information System (GIS) map. The SurvSeaNet Web Application also provides a collaborative environment for mission scheduling, analysis and reporting purposes. 

The entities that were invited for the 3rd (and latest) annual RPAS User Group meeting can be found in Annex 1. The maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS) is a general term for remotely controlled and automated shipping. EMSA provides technical assistance to the Commission regarding regulatory and safety aspects of using MASS. The Agency is not deploying or using unmanned vessels for surveillance

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