EU agency awaits requests for new maritime rescue drone
The Maritime Safety Agency EMSA has signed a four-year contract for new drone flights. But operational locations are still unclear because required flight permits and approvals are causing problems. The European Union’s seas are increasingly becoming testing tracks for drone surveillance. The border agency Frontex has been monitoring the Libyan sea rescue zone for a […]
Mediterranean Sea: Frontex claims to have detected 13,000 refugees with drones
After in Malta, the EU border agency is now stationing a long-range drone on Crete. There is contradictory information on the surveillance technology on board. According to its own figures, Frontex has detected at least 13,000 refugees in 300 cases with the help of long-range drones and reported them to the responsible coast guards. Since […]
EU drones for people in distress: Dropping life rafts for pullbacks?
For the first time, drones are flying on behalf of an EU agency with rescue equipment on board. On the high seas, the actually useful technology could encourage illegal refoulements to countries like Libya. Perhaps the new function will only be used for minor maritime emergencies in European waters. The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) […]
New unmanned capabilities: When will the EU use drones for practical sea rescue?
Two leading drone manufacturers report readiness to equip their aircraft with life rafts. These can be dropped with pinpoint accuracy over a maritime emergency. But perhaps this would also encourage violations of the Geneva Refugee Convention. The Portuguese company Tekever can now equip its drone „AR5“ with life rafts for eight people. The new capability […]