Sky-Futures, a provider of drone inspection services for the oil and gas industry, is collaborating with Offshore Technology Development (OTD) – a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (O&M), a rig design and construction company – to offer inspections via unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to the global offshore and marine industry.
Through the partnership, Sky-Futures will offer UAS inspections to Keppel’s client base, and Keppel will provide project management, engineering and repair services.
Sky-Futures has bases in Houston; London; Aberdeen, Scotland; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company says it works with more than 35 major oil and gas companies, including PETRONAS, Shell, Repsol, Total, BP, Maersk Oil, ConocoPhillips, Statoil and PetroVietnam.
Headquartered in Singapore, Keppel O&M has a global network in regions including Asia Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the Caspian Sea, the Middle East and the North Sea.
“Partnering with Keppel allows us to deliver an extended service for our clients in the global offshore and marine industry,” explains James Harrison, co-founder and CEO of Sky-Futures. “Keppel’s ability to follow through and provide engineering support for any problems that may be found through our drone-delivered inspections means that offshore and marine companies can operate more safely and with less disruption of their operations whilst still reducing cost levels.”
A Keppel spokesperson from OTD adds, “Through this partnership, we are able to further offer our customers value-added services in inspecting and assessing their vessels in a more expedient, cost-efficient and safer manner. These latest technologies will also equip our yard to provide enhanced services in the after-sales inspection, maintenance and repair market.”