Commercial UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or drones, as they are more commonly known, are changing the operation and productivity levels of many industries across the country, from mining to the oil and gas industry. The shipping industry, and harbour operations in particular, is another area in which drones can be of great use.
Africa is home to some of the busiest ports in the world – from delivering important packages from ship to shore and back to monitoring entry points into the harbour, drones can provide valuable real-time insight into the daily operations of the harbour (or your business’ role therein).
Ways drones can improve harbour operations
1. Real-time feeds
Drones can provide real-time feeds from aerial and aquatic perspectives of all harbour activities, on land and underwater, at any time of day, without the need for over-time resources such as extra staff members.
2. Inspections and Surveys
Drones can provide safe, swift, and efficient inspections of all major harbour elements, including quayside, hull, buoy, pipeline, crane, and submerged infrastructure. Not to mention their use in general security inspections and site surveys, avoiding the risk to on-foot patrols. The collected data can also be used to streamline harbour operation and site management practices.
3. Safety first
Just as drones are a much safer alternative to using human resources to conduct safety and security inspections, they are much safer when it comes to potentially dangerous underwater tasks, such as surveillance tasks or salvage operations. These can now be performed through the use of sophisticated and highly effective sonar scanning versus the traditional use of divers.
4. A view below
Through aerial and underwater surveying services, drones give interested parties a window into the presence and behaviour of aquatic wildlife within harbour surrounds. This can be useful for research and planning purposes, while allowing for the monitoring of the environmental impact of activities like hull cleaning.
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