Skeye BV turns to drone tech in offshore inspections for major oil firm


Skeye BV has deployed drone technology to carry out offshore inspections.

Choosing Heliguy as its supplier, the Netherlands-based firm used a DJI M200 to carry out the operations.

It now considers the M200 as a mainstay in its fleet after proving its worth over the last year playing an integral role in offshore operations.

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According to a post from Heliguy, Skeye are seeing the benefits of drones in saving time and money, making difficult-to-reach areas more accessible, increasing safety and better image quality.

Skeye has recently completed inspections from the air for two FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) and two TLPs (Tension Leg Platform) off the west coast of Africa.

Heliguy’s blogpost confirmed how the drone inspections lasted several weeks in comparison to several months of work with Rope Access.

Upon assessment of the imagery, Rope Access teams were then called upon to investigate and repair identified defects.

Skeye said that on the whole, the campaign was very well received by customers and ended with zero accidents.

Patrick Rickerby, technical director at Skeye BV, commented on his company’s work with drones.

He said: “The M200 is now considered a main stay in the fleet after proving its worth over the last year of offshore operations. When equipped with the Z30 payload, the reliability and results are outstanding.

He added: “This makes our surveys extremely safe as we can fly further away from structures and get better results than previous cameras without a zoom capability.”

Rickerby went on to describe the process of working with the North Shields-based supplier.

He said: “We loved dealing with Heliguy’s Business Development Manager, Ruairi Hardman, and we know that Heliguy provides the equipment we need with rapid turnaround time. The team understands our needs and are ready to support us.”

Last year, Skeye was acquired by Terra, from Japan which meant Terra Drone became one of the largest drone service companies with more than 250 employees and presence in six continents.

CDP reported on the story when it broke, read it in full here:

Skeye the limit as Terra Drone ramps up European expansion with new acquisition

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