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Spain improves search, rescue and oil spill response

Fri 16 Jun 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Spain improves search, rescue and oil spill response
Salvamento Marítimo operates of fleet of vessels for search and rescue and oil spill response

Spain’s coastal authority Salvamento Marítimo is improving maritime safety and oil spill response using SPOT satellite technology. It is training its search and rescue teams and improving spillage disaster recovery with the help of Globalstar Europe Satellite Services’ SPOT Trace.

Salvamento Marítimo has begun using SPOT to analyse ocean currents to help in oil spill disaster recovery. It also attaches small SPOT Trace units to human-like dummies that are placed in the ocean to simulate emergency search and rescue situations.

As the dummy moves in the water Salvamento Marítimo can capture and analyse the tracking data from SPOT Trace. It uses this data to determine how far a person in water might drift due to ocean waves, currents and winds.

Salvamento Marítimo uses this SarMap search and rescue model and response system to accurately predict the movement of victims in the ocean and can refine and enhance its rescue procedures and life-saving operations.

Spain’s oil spill disaster recovery crews use SPOT Trace devices attached to buoys. The tracking data gives researchers and crews in training a better understanding of how an oil spill spreads.

SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS co-ordinates.

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