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Scottish fishing vessels offered as UAV launch platforms

Thu 26 Apr 2018 by Ed Martin

Scottish fishing vessels offered as UAV launch platforms
A Texo DSI UAV launch at sea

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection’s (Texo DSI) offshore division and the commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) have announced a joint venture to provide fishing vessels as a platform for deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the offshore oil and gas sector.

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL), the commercial arm of the SFF, was established in 1986 and provides fishing vessels to the offshore oil and gas, renewables and subsea cable sectors as a cost-effective platform for a range of tasks.

These include acting as guard vessels for subsea infrastructure, post-decommissioning and debris clearance trawling, and a range of survey and environmental monitoring tasks, including acting as platforms for deploying UAVs and ROVs.

Texo DSI provides drone survey and inspection services to the offshore sector, utilising technologies such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging), ultrasonic thickness testing, optical gas and hyperspectral imaging, and remote/supply drop capabilities. The company also provides close visual, thermographic and internal UAV inspection services.

SFFSL’s managing director Steven Alexander said “We have always been very much unique with regard to vessel provision, and early collaboration with the oil and gas sector now extends to the decommissioning, renewables and subsea cables sectors.

“Fishing vessels and drones may not be the most obvious partnership, but together our companies offer a resourceful approach to improving safety, cost and overall efficiency to operators adopting Texo DSI’s cutting-edge survey and inspection solutions.”

Texo DSI principal contracts manager Ronnie Genther said “We have worked extremely hard to develop and bring to market what is the world’s most advanced fleet of UAVs with integrated payload applications.

“A strategic partnership with an organisation of SFF’s stature further vindicates our position as the premier UAV provider for the offshore sector.”

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation promotes the collective interests of eight Scotland-based fishermen’s associations by lobbying government officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels. It represents more than 500 vessels, from inshore creel boats to pelagic trawlers.

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