British Maritime Group Launches Drone Division

A 30-year-old British maritime firm is wanting skyward to develop unmanned aerial purposes over the deep, blue sea.

Marek Marine introduced the launch final week of a brand new aviation division devoted to drone operations. The firm, self-billed as “a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of marine equipment,” guarantees to pioneer “unmanned maritime aviation services, after a successful track record of 25 years improving commercial maritime safety.”

Over the previous six months, Martek has added greater than 70 workers to the brand new division and plans to develop aerial, maritime options within the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, in addition to in search and rescue, monitoring and detection of oceanic air pollution, detection of drug trafficking and offshore infrastructure inspection.

“We’ve committed [more than $6 million] so far to establish a leading position in maritime [drone] capability. The establishment of a dedicated Martek Aviation division was a planned evolution of our business following recent major contract successes,” Martek CEO Paul Luen mentioned.

“A number of major OEMs have approached us about operating partnerships to help grow their platform sales and we expect further announcements shortly. We welcome competition from the major companies entering this market and through continual investment in technology and people, we’re determined to retain our leading position as the market expands.”

Martek Aviation’s group has deployed drone operators with greater than 43,000 flying hours with 9,500 hours in maritime alone. Division workers have logged time in additional than 60 kinds of manned and unmanned plane.

Several corporations are diving deep into maritime purposes for drones. In Rotterdam, RanMarine Technology contracted with the town final 12 months to job aquatic drones with trash responsibility – chowing down on 1,100 kilos of marine rubbish.

Last month, Norwegian analysis conglomerate Sintef introduced a drone challenge to optimize aquaculture in regional waters – particularly for the beleaguered salmon inhabitants decimated by sea lice.

Underwater inspection drones function autonomously throughout an space equal to a soccer area. Using a multi-variant sensor array, a drone can collect knowledge regarding fish well being and inhabitants density and transmit 3D visualizations again to house base.


Jason is a longstanding contributor to DroneLife with an avid curiosity in all issues tech. He focuses on anti-drone applied sciences and the general public security sector; police, hearth, and search and rescue.
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