Networked systems for situational awareness and intervention in maritime incidents

Unmanned vehicles for maritime spill response case study: Exercise Cathach

in News
October 24, 2016
The journal about the Shannon Estuary Incident Response Exercise (a.k.a. Exercise Cathach) was published this year on the Marine Pollution Bulletin 110 (2016) pp. 528-538.

Spill Alert - Issue 15

September 17, 2015
The quarterly newsletter about the spill industry by UKSpill.

Project NETMAR - 3rd demonstration

September 14, 2015
As announced before, the 3rd demonstration of the Project NETMAR took place on May 28th and 29th, in Porto.

Take a look at the video to see how this exercise, regarding maritime safety, incident response and oil spill control, went.

5th Newletter is available

in News
June 30, 2015
The 5th newsletter is out.
Learn more about the project and the three demostrations.

Simulation exercise done in NMCI by Irish Navy

June 15, 2015
Simulation exercise done in NMCI by Irish Navy personnel based on NETMAR project findings.

Porto Incident Response Demonstration

May 18, 2015
The partners of Project NETMAR are getting ready for the last demonstration of the project.

On May 28th and 29th, partners will meet at Porto de Leixões, Portugal for another exercise regarding maritime safety, incident response and oil spill control.
In this simulation a ship is reported to have sunk North of Porto and oil spill has been detected, near shore, a few kilometers south.

To assess the situation and provide communication with external entities, a command center is established at Porto Harbor. Two teams are then dispatched. One team heads north to survey the sunken ship whereas the second team will be responsible for aerial imagery assessment.

4th Newsletter

February 27, 2015
The 4th newsletter is out. Check it here:

Video of the Second Demo

October 15, 2014
See the video of the activities during the Second Demonstration of the project.

Workshop at Brest

October 6, 2014
Right after de second demostration of the project were are already preparing a workshop on  the Benefits resulting from the incorporation of innovative tools and technologies
in the response to accidental marine pollution.

This workshop is being organized by ENSTA - Bretagne  and will be held at Ie Quartz, Brest at 16th October 2014, within the 9th Sea Tech Week.

More information is available at

2nd and 3rd October workshop participation

October 6, 2014
On the past 2nd and 3rd October, the NETMAR project was represented in the international seminar "New scenarios of maritime safety in the European Union. Reflections after the Erika and Prestige disasters" by portuguese (FEUP), Spanish (FUAC, Portos de Galicia and Tecnalia) and irish (Limerick University) partners.
At the opening of the seminar, João Sousa made a presentation about the project in terms of objectives, major achievements so far, and future plans.
The seminar focused on the social economic and security implications of maritime disasters, with special reference on the Erica and the Prestige cases, this one more focused on the criminal sentence.
Other major and relevant topics approached was the administrative procedures, aeronautical certifications and permission to fly UAV´s in Spanish airspace, which new laws are still somehow fuzzy and not very clear.
Finally, a round table with specialists from different areas discussed present and future issues to be approached in terms of Maritime Safety

Demo at A Pobra do Caramiñal

October 6, 2014
As scheduled the second demonstration of project NETMAR, took place at A Pobra do Caramiñal, on October 1st.
To understand how the demonstration was planned see our previous post.
Learn what were the objectives and see the articles published about the demo.

Galicia will host the second stage NETMAR demonstration project at October 2014

September 12, 2014
The new Demo of Netmar Project will take place in  October 1st. 2014. The chosen location is Port of Pobra  do Caramiñal, in SW of La  Coruña. In this second test,  we will show the simulation  of a maritime incident at sea,  with redirection of the ship to  a safe port (A Pobra do Caramiñal), that will be the place  where we will carry out an  exercise of flight against the  accidental maritime pollution.

A reefer having problems  maneuvering due to a heavy  storm registered in Finisterre  traffic separation device (VTS)  proceeds to anchor in the Ria  de Arosa to assess possible  damage, escorted by a rescue ship.


in News
August 29, 2014
New scenarios of maritime safety in the European Union. Reflections after the Erika and Prestige disasters. 

2nd and 3rd October 2014
Centro de Extensión Universitaria y Divulgación Ambiental de Galicia - CEIDA
Sta. Cruz (A Coruña)

NETMAR - Newsletter 3

in News
July 28, 2014
A new number of our newsletter is out.

Read the interviews with Michel Girin, Ex Director of CEDRE (Center for Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Pollution of France) and Javier Sanz, Director of Maritime Observatory UDC and Professor of Administrative Law University of A Coruña (Spain).

Discover more about NETMAR's future events and take a look at the details of the second stage demostration that will take place at Galicia, at October 2014.

5th Oil Spill Studies Workshop

March 25, 2014
The 5th Oil Spill Studies Workshop took place at La Rochelle 6 and 7,March 2014 and was hosted for the second time at EIGSI Engineering School of La Rochelle.
NETMAR was represented by ENSTA Bretagne

Oceanology International 2014

in Exhibit
March 20, 2014

The event "Oceanology International 2014", Excel (London), England took place, on 11th,12th and 13th March, with the main objective to disseminate technology, products and services used in the prevention and response to incidents that occur in maritime environment, particularly in terms of:
• Response to spills of toxic / noxious substances in the sea;
• Training in prevention and response to such incidents;
• Contingency plans;
• Modeling of crude oil stains;
• Environmental Mapping;
• Detection and response to incidents affecting infrastructure.

Take a look at what we had at our stand and see the video with the project's concept.

Project details on the Marine Knowledge Gate

in News
February 24, 2014
Details about NETMAR are now available on the Marine Knowledge Gate - a major ongoing web portal of marine research projects in Europe.

NETMAR at Spillex

in Exhibit
January 21, 2014

Focusing on the prevention of, and response to environmental incidents in the maritime environment, Spillex will be an excellent opportunity to once again promote what has been developed under the project NETMAR. 

The Spillex will be held at 11-13 March in London and you can find us there represented.


El helicóptero español, una referencia

in News
December 9, 2013
En cada uno de los simulacros realizados hasta la fecha en el marco del proyecto Netmar (que cuenta con financiación de los fondos Feder) se han utilizado drones de distintos países, cada uno con utilidades y aplicaciones específicas. La aportación española ha sido un helicóptero no tripulado que ha resultado de enorme utilidad en los ejercicios de accidente marítimo, pues es el mejor preparado para trabajar en condiciones adversas. El aparato puede volar con vientos de hasta 100 kilómetros por hora, un escenario que para nada es extraño cuando se trata de reaccionar ante una catástrofe marítima, casi siempre rodeadas de inclemencias meteorológicas.

Published by La Voz de Pontevedra

Un simulacro testará los drones ante un «Prestige»

in News
December 9, 2013

Son el gadget del momento. Su fama no es precisamente la mejor de todas por su utilización con fines bélicos, pero su potencial es enorme. Son los drones, aparatos no tripulados con los que se empieza a experimentar para algo más que hacer la guerra. Las Rías Baixas, sin ir más lejos, acogerán en los próximos meses un simulacro de prevención de catástrofes marítimas en el que estas máquinas jugarán un papel determinante.

Published by La Voz de Galicia

Maritime security in port areas - Seminar

October 9, 2013

NETMAR on The Parliament Magazine

in News
October 7, 2013
NETMAR on The Parliament Magazine.

Disaster Simulation Exercices on Estuary

UL leads marine role to tackle major crisis.

The University of Limerick is leading a European wide marine exercise to deal with the possibility a major environmental disaster.
​The Shannon Esturay, has beacome a key European test site for a range of highly advanced "smart technologies", marine robots and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Published by Limerick Leader

Day 4 of Shannon Estuary Incident Response Exercise

Day 4 of Shannon Estuary Incident Response Exercise

Ireland - Day 3 (Exercise)

Day 3 of Shannon Estuary Incident Response Exercise