The Port of Rotterdam is testing a drone for maritime inspections

The Port of Rotterdam Authority would like to know if the Avy area is suitable to support inspectors and ship captains in their work. For this reason, he is testing a drone that focuses on maritime and river inspections.

JThese inspections examine bunkering, water pollution, ship-to-ship transfer, zoning of hazardous substances, shore-to-ship transfer, air pollution, and shipboard repairs.

If the drone detects an open tank filler cap, this could be an indication of illegal degassing by the vessel and call for a closer look. The drone has a wingspan of 2.40 meters, a cruising speed of 90 kilometers per hour and a range of 95 kilometers with low power consumption.

Two or three drones would be enough to cover the entire port area and have a drone on site quickly in the event of an incident. Moreover, this drone can carry small cargoes up to 3 kilos, such as refrigerated medical supplies, ship parts or cargo samples.

On flight days, operations always begin with a briefing with the pilots of the NHV helicopters, also stationed at the Piloting Service site. The drone and helicopters share the same airspace, so there should be clear rules in place as to how that airspace is used.

Piloting, search and rescue operations by NHV always have priority over drone operations, for example.

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