PLOCAN collaborates with the Spanish Navy in the maritime security exercise MARSEC 2021

The Spanish Navy organized a safety and rescue training with the Deputy Directorate of Customs Surveillance (DAVA), Maritime Rescue and with the collaboration of PLOCAN, on May 28th, on the coast of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in Gran Canaria.

The objective of this type of training is to practice the coordination between the different institutions involved in rescue operations and protection of maritime spaces.

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a singular scientific and technological infrastructure (ICTS) which aims to accelerate the development of knowledge and technologies for the responsible and sustainable use of the ocean.

Technicians of PLOCAN participated in the exercise using a Multibeam Imaging Sonar, to locate a sunken ship, during an anti-drug operation of the Deputy Directorate of Customs Surveillance.

The sonar (or sound navigation) is a device that uses the propagation of sound to identify submerged objects. It emits acoustic signals that bounce off the seabed and objects deposited on it, creating a highly detailed image of the bottom. This type of device is the ideal solution for real-time visualization in deep water.


Image taken by the Multibeam Imaging Sonar during the identification of a sunken ship.


Technicians of PLOCAN and the Diving Unit of the Naval Command of the Canary Islands, during sonar measurements in the drill area.


Customs intervention during the MARSEC 2021 exercise.

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