Unmanned Vehicles for Maritime Spill Response Case Study: Exercise Cathach

Mar Pollut Bull. 2016 Sep 15;110(1):528-538. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.02.072. Epub 2016 Jun 20.


This paper deals with two aspects, namely a historical analysis of the use of unmanned vehicles (UAVs ROVs, AUVs) in maritime spill incidents and a detailed description of a multi-agency oil and HNS incident response exercise involving the integration and analysis of unmanned vehicles environmental sensing equipment. The exercise was a first in terms of the level of robotic systems deployed to assist in survey, surveillance and inspection roles for oil spills and harmful and noxious substances.

Keywords: Autonomous vehicles; Harmful noxious substances; Oil spill response; Sonar imaging.

MeSH terms

  • Aircraft*
  • Chemical Hazard Release* / classification
  • Chemical Hazard Release* / prevention & control
  • Disasters*
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Ireland
  • Remote Sensing Technology / methods*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis*


  • Water Pollutants, Chemical