Unmanned aviation firm Flylogix, has partnered with Oil Spill Response Ltd, a spill response organisation, to develop enhanced response techniques using long-range unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
The two-year development agreement will explore the benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) – for spill identification, quantification and monitoring.
This comes at a time when service providers, and their customers, are increasingly looking to reduce the movement of people and their offshore-related risk exposure – a situation magnified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In consultation with the energy sector and other key stakeholders, including maritime search and rescue organisations, the partnership will develop ways to support effective interoperability between manned and unmanned assets.
Long-range UAS are uniquely suited to prolonged monitoring missions and early confirmation of spills, reducing the burden on more costly manned assets.
Flylogix’s proprietary mission management tool, Skyspace, also opens the door to enhanced situational awareness, with the ability to share operational data in real-time, which is key to effective emergency response.
Charles Tavner, Executive Chairman at Flylogix, said: “This partnership between Flylogix and Oil Spill Response Ltd. is fantastic news as we continue to pioneer the use of full-service, over-horizon unmanned aviation to transform remote operations and reduce costs and risk for customers.
“The team at Oil Spill Response Ltd. bring unparalleled experience in managing spill response globally. This insight is critical to ensure the technology delivers value and impacts where it matters most.”
Oil Spill Response’s Global Aviation Manager, Shane Jacobs, said: “We recognise the position that Flylogix has secured as a leader in Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight operations offshore in the United Kingdom. Aviation is a core capability at OSRL, and we are always looking to further develop and enhance our response capabilities to better serve our members and stakeholders. Integrating unmanned systems with our proven aviation resources is the obvious next step for review and assessment.”