New aerial drone sniffing sulphur emissions from ships in Denmark

Over the next four months, a new drone is tested over the Great Belt to monitor emissions from ships sailing on the busy Route T, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced. EMSA provides the drone, which will operate in a specific area north of the Great Belt.

Drone successfully inspects oil tank on FPSO

A drone has successfully inspected a 19.4 meter high oil tank on board a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel.  The video shot by the drone was interpreted in real-time by an algorithm to detect cracks in the structure. 

BV performs first drone survey

Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore (BV) conducted its first survey by drone in the holds of a bulk carrier in an Italian port. The inspection took place on a bulk carrier and consisted of close-up inspections and ultrasonic thickness measurements (UTM) conducted by the drone in two cargo hold spaces.

UK MCA: Drones can play major role in next-gen SAR operations

Drones play a major role today in shipping operations, with UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) commenting that ‘drones could be used in the future to help save life across the UK.’ To implement the project, UK MCA will collaborate with Elbit Systems UK and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to carry out the demonstrations in the coming months.

Drone-based solution to be created for delivery of wind farms spare parts

ESVAGT, Siemens Gamesa and Ørsted are cooperating to create a drone-based solution for the delivery of spare parts and tools from vessel to offshore wind turbine. The project ‘Operative package deliveries by drones’ is sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund and runs until June 2020.