The NETMAR project concerns the demonstration, evaluation and dissemination of new robotic systems, sensors and networking technologies in maritime incidents endangering human life, the environment and economic activities. Air and sea going robotic vehicles provide new capabilities to operate in dull, dirty and dangerous environments. Networking technologies enable the orchestration of existing assets and new robotic systems and sensors for enhanced situational awareness and intervention. New command, control and visualization tools provide new capabilities for the coordination of existing assets, robotic systems, sensors and human operators over inter-operated networks.

These tools contribute to environmental assessments with unprecedented resolution and sensing diversity, provide reality checks for events generated in social networks and motivate constructive forms of public participation. The project is organized around demonstrations led by the operational partners for 3 types of maritime incidents: harbour in the proximity of a metropolitan area, estuary and open sea. Universities and R&D institutions will demonstrate new tools and technologies and evaluation methodologies. Planning and return on experience workshops will contribute to transition tools and technologies to operational practice and to companies, local, regional, national and EU authorities; technological and business challenges will be presented to EU networks of Excellence and funding agencies.


Estuary Demonstration - Progression into Exercise 'Cathach' 


Exercise Cathach is a Command Room Strategic Exercise with a real time interface to many external participants and interaction with live field operations. The principal entities involved in Exercise Cathach are SEA-PT (including all SEA-PT stakeholders), NETMAR and the Irish Coast Guard.



The location of the incident involves the Northern shores of the outer reaches of the Shannon Estuary.



The pollution response in estuaries presents numerous difficulties

  • diversity of authorities with responsibility;
  • effects of tide and wind direction in estuary;
  • extremely diversified and sensitive flora and fauna;
  • hazards due to sunken and grounded vessels;
  • significant human population,


Goal 1:

Plan and execute a coordinated emergency response exercise to a simulated pollution spill of hazardous and noxious substances (OPR fuel oil with heavy fuel oil component) caused by


Goal 2:

Deploy a range of emerging technologies for detection and monitoring pollutants and toperate them with the conventional tools used in the usual response effort, to demonstrate the specific capabilities, and to evaluate their merits in an operational setting.