Accordingly, the company launched a digital service that is based on the development of a digitalized training library for port-based ship pilots, creating a structure for the retention of pilotage experience, and reducing risk of marine operations with 360-degree aerial views for pilot operations using drone technology.


The company notes that

this project was developed in response to an increase in the risk profile of marine operations in ports, with larger ships required to manoeuvre in increasingly relatively small, ports & port basins, and as logistical schedules become tighter.

Also, the platform includes knowledge retention and peer learning, capturing and retaining experienced piloting skills for the benefit of training the next generation of pilots. It provides an enhanced vision of restricted manoeuvring areas, providing better ‘situational awareness’, while also demonstrates "safe port" marine operations and management practice.

Clive Sheard, Ports & Shipyards Consultant, LOC Australia, commented

The development of this service is in response to the industry recognising the increased risk profile of marine operations in ports. As a Group, we are ideally placed to be able to find solutions to these problems ... In Australia, drone services, and digital recording of drone deployments, are already being rolled out across several port operators and pilotage services and, as such, the value of having a ‘drone’ perspective is already recognised.