drones

Port of Amsterdam tests sailing drone for inspecting ships at locks

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.

How drones can lead to a new era for inspections

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.

Indian Ministry of Defence deploys two vessels in Gulf of Oman

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.’

Iran shoots down US surveillance drone in Strait of Hormuz

Amid a growing tension between the US and Iran in the light of the two tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week, Iranian forces now have reportedly shut down a US military surveillance drone while flying over the Strait of Hormuz. 

IAATO imposes restrictions on commercial drone use in Antarctica

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has announced new restrictions on commercial drone use in Antarctica. The Association decided that for the 2019-20 season, commercial drone flights are banned in coastal areas without the IAATO operator’s authorization.

Watch: Robot drones to inspect offshore wind farms

A new project launched, aims to construct the world’s first fully autonomous robotic inspection solution, in favour of offshore wind farms. The project will cost $5 million, and the robots are expected to save the average of wind farm by about $33 million. In the meantime, it aspires to present the idea that offshore wind operations and maintenance missions can take place by autonomous and digital means.

Reputation management in a maritime crisis

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Conference, Mr. Dustin Eno, COO, Navigate Response, noted that the shipping industry is more visible now than at any time in history; from AIS vessel tracking, to seafarer social media activity, people can see the industry like never before. Information is now more available to outside watchers than before.

Offshore wind sector to experiment with drones and helicopters

RenewableUK reports that the offshore wind industry is now developing and begins thinking of the use of helicopters and drones, as  more than 50% of turbines consented or planned in Europe are over 250m tall. RenewableUK’s latest project Intelligence report shows that those projects, all located in UK waters, will mainly use turbines over 280m tall, while the tallest units currently operational in Europe are 230m.

Drone trial begins to support search and rescue off Essex

Essex Police, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have teamed up on a new one-year-long drone trial to support vital search and rescue action around the coast of Essex. The trial started on 29 April.

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