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ISPS Code Fails To Contemplate Aerial Threats From Drones

By [email protected] - 21st June 2018 - 16:21

Commercial shipping is waking up to the growing threat that drones pose to the safety & security of vessels. Terrorist use of drones deploying explosives is already well documented and the potential for a drone to deliver an explosive charge through the deck of an oil/gas tanker with potentially catastrophic results is a stark reality. To combat this emerging threat Martek Marine have developed the D-FENCETM maritime drone detection & defeat system. D-FENCETM detects and identifies commercial drones within a 20+km range providing GPS positioning of both drone & pilot together with the droneâs speed & heading. Once a real drone threat has been established, the system enables a 500m+ electronic âexclusion zoneâ to be created around the vessel. Should the drone approach this exclusion zone, its control/video signal will be interrupted, initiating its fail-safe mode forcing it to land or return to its operator. Â