According to an announcement from Greek Shipping Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis, Greece is about to receive a desperately-needed state of the art surveillance system covering the entire Aegean Sea.
The Minister stated that the new system will make possible the “timely awareness of the prevailing situation in the maritime field of responsibility of the Coast Guard.”
Called the National Integrated Maritime Surveillance System, or NIMSS, the new mechanism will enable the surveillance of all vessels in the Aegean all the way from Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union.
For the first time, the movements of human trafficking vessels carrying migrants and refugees, along with any and all vessels which might infringe on Greece’s territorial rights, will be able to be monitored in real time.
The new technology will also enable Greece to conform to EU norms for the security of all Schengen countries.
At a time in which Turkey is sending oil and gas research vessels to the waters atop the continental shelves of Cyprus and Greece itself, the new system, delayed by months because of the coronavirus pandemic, will finally make possible the surveillance of the entire Aegean in real time, 24 hours a day.
Employing 35 fixed radars and 26 cameras located at already-existing military installations, as well as information received from two mobile units, the information received will be relayed to two management centers of the Hellenic Armed Forces.
The information will also be ale to be shared with Frontex, the EUs order patrol agency.
The NIMSS will cost an estimated 62 million euros ($72.78 million). After the bidding process was opened up in June of 2020, the process was delayed due to coronavirus complications but the deadline has now been re-set for October 30, 2020.