Terra Inspectioneering, a group company of Terra Drone, has been awarded a confined space inspection contract for the Netherlands and Belgium.
The contract comes from Dutch multinational tank storage company Vopak.
Terra Inspectioneering will provide non-entry visual testing, ultrasonic thickness testing, and deformation analysis services to Vopak using the proprietary collision-proof Terra UT drone.
The drone inspection services will be offered for the tanks owned and operated by Vopak at 11 sites across Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Japanese Terra will conduct the inspections according to international standards and provide Vopak with a fully digitised, Cloud-based report containing 2D and 3D annotations.
Traditionally, tank inspections are performed by sending staff into confined spaces. This method not only reduces the productivity of the terminal because of longer downtime but it also exposes inspectors to potentially hazardous conditions.
Patrick van der Voort, Division President Europe & Africa at Vopak, commented: “Eliminating risk for all workers is a key element underpinning each activity at Vopak.
“Vopak has been piloting the use of drones and robotics for safer inspections with an aim to completely eliminate confined space entry by personnel.”