Successful: Germanys Navy “Oil Hunter”
Control air crafts of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven, Germany, keep an eye on oil violator in the North- and Baltic Sea.
Since both the air crafts are controlling the main shipping routes of the German Bay and also in the German territory the number of sea polluter are getting less, says Ulrike Windhövel from the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven. Also the detected amounts of oil are remarkably smaller than before.
In 2012, same like in 2011, around 41 pollutions have been discovered whereof 9 oil violators in each year could be identified. With 59 oil violators in 2004 the most contempt could be detected. Since the beginning of oil detection from the air around 4.116 pollutions could be detected, whereof 565 could be assigned to the causer.
The covered area of North- and Baltic Sea is around 115.000 square kilometers. A particular focus is done by the “Oil Hunter” on the water ways, oil rigs and gas fields, fishing grounds and also in the world heritage waddensea. The pilots are very well trained: “They decide from the air craft whether this is an oil spot or algea slick”, says Windhövel.
1986 started the air control, decided by the German Department of Transportation (DOT). The two air crafts of the naval air wing 3 “Graf Zeppelin”, based in Nordholz, are flying for the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies. They are also used at emergencies on sea.
The CCME provides the two air crafts, pays the infrastructure and also the crew. The two air crafts of type Dornier Do 228 are operated by members of the naval air wing 3.
These air crafts are fitted with the most modern sensors and are able to detect up to a distance of 40 km on both sides of the air craft any kind of oil pollution or any other abnormal. The so detected possible pollutions are afterwards classified and verified with special sensors for the close-up area.
This, by the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies implemented “Safety Concept German Coast” and created by the Federation and States includes radar and air control, pilot use as well as emergency tugs for disabled ships.
Image: Courtesy of CCME