Illegal discharge, a common threat with disastrous ecological cost that can be mitigated by satellites and drones

Apr 6, 2022

A common practice along shipping routes, illegal oil discharge represents an insidious and constant pollution, quantitatively more important than oil spills, but much less spectacular: 1 million tons of oil are spilled annually, 6 times more than oil disasters.

As oil spills, the illegal discharge of oil requires rapid response to avoid massive pollution and mitigate dramatic impacts on marine environments.

pollution measurements

A proven solution to detect and monitor oil pollution at sea

CLS can help to access and understand mission relevant information enabling time critical decision-making with an unquestioned level of security and reliability.

We detect and identify oil slicks, calculate their drifts and potential polluters for immediate response, monitoring and support contingencies.

Relying on main radar satellite constellations and RPAS capabilities, CLS delivers in-depth analysis based on SAR imagery and in-situ drone data, empowering decision makers with actionable insights to conduct operational response.

What are the results?

In 10 years, the number of oil spills in European waters has been halved thanks to the European cooperation of the Cleanseanet service set up by EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) and provided by CLS.

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