Bluestream, a provider of innovative inspection services to the oil, gas and wind industry, and Skeye BV from Alphen aan den Rijn, one of the most successful UAV operators in the Netherlands and UK, have announced a partnership providing visual inspection services and geographic data acquisition for offshore assets using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
According to a statement by both companies, this move is a good example of embracing innovations in the inspection market.
Thanks to this extension of Bluestream's own topside inspection capabilities, the Den Helder-based company can now provide clients with a total inspection solution utilizing Skeye's advanced small unmanned drones, capable to reach places that are difficult, expensive, dangerous, or even impossible to approach by manned inspection teams. The drones are particularly suitable for live flare & vent stack, topside, splash zone and under deck inspections.
"Our professional rope access, diving and ROV inspection, repair and maintenance services combined with the Skeye UAV-based inspection services will provide a unique advantage for customer's maintenance campaigns and projects. We are now tailored to meet the most challenging of customer needs," commercial manager Anton Janssens of Bluestream said. "Not only does this high-grade inspection service allow a fast and efficient collection of extensive footage in a short amount of time, whilst the asset is still in production, it also improves the targeted delivery of Rope Access work. This cooperation enables both subsea and topside inspections to be done by a single party, resulting in integrated reports of inspections done, creating added value to the customer."
Operations Director Jan van Liebergen of Skeye added: "Through this partnership we are able to offer full UAV inspections, complete with report, and including recommendations if requested. This new service will position both companies as more complete and efficient service providers within the offshore industry."
Both Bluestream and Skeye are well introduced in the offshore and windfarm work practices, ensuring a suitable and safe concept of operations for any mission. The inspections are performed by highly competent personnel, that will ensure compliance with (local) legislation regarding UAV operations as well as inspection requirements.
In the meantime the new business partners have already successfully executed various inspection scopes together, including a comprehensive inspection program for a client in the North Sea wind sector.
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