As Reuters reports, the drone attacks against Saudi Aramco’s sprawling Abqaiq oil terminal has resulted to a traffic congestion, a slight rise in comparison to previous levels, as about a dozen tankers wait to conduct their loading operations at Ras Tanura and Juaymah.
Iran dismissed accusations by the US that it was behind attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil plants and warned on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles. The drone strikes were reported Saturday on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
The SAFIR consortium of partners conducted tests to the first simultaneous drone flights in Sint-Truiden DronePort, for among other things package deliveries, inspection flights and emergency situations. The Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) chose SAFIR to demonstrate integrated drone traffic management for a broad range of drone operations in Belgium.
The Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources launched a network of drones to monitor strategic parts of Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea. The drones will monitor uninhabited, hard-to-reach islands and will boost China’s dynamic surveillance of the South China Sea.
The Port of Riga in Latvia announced it is working on 5G solution tests with LMT – a drone with artificial intelligence to determine pollution. The project uses a nascent drone traffic management platform being developed by LMT and Lufthansa Systems.
The Croatian authorities are using EMSA’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to boost their coast guard functions, as to monitor vessel traffic, conduct search and rescue procedures and detection and monitoring of marine pollution.
The US Navy took down an Iranian drone on July 18, after it refused to back down, as President Donald Trump informed. Namely, the USS Boxer destroyed the drone over the Strait of Hormuz, after the drone approached the ship within 1,000 yards. However, Iran stated that it does know about losing a drone. In fact, BBC reports that Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi suggested the US may have downed its own drone by mistake.
The Port of Amsterdam announced a pilot project deploying a sailing drone that inspects the depth of marginal ships at the locks of IJmuiden, in a bid to gain experience in new technologies in nautical processes. The experiment is underway this week, 8-13 July.
Visual inspections and steel thickness measurements are vital for renewal surveys, and preparing vessels for these activities can be proven time-consuming as well as costly. For this reason, DNV GL Expert, Tomasz Oledzki, Head of Section FiS Poland, presents the benefits of using drones.
The Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the Indian Navy deployed two vessels in the Gulf of Oman to secure Indian flagged vessels, following the recent attack on two tankers in the region. The Ministry issued a statement noting that in addition to deploying the two vessels, Chennai and Sunayna, ‘aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area.’
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