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OSRL offers oil spill response UAS service

15th February 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Oil Spill Response (OSRL) has launched a UAS service to enhance response capabilities for its members in the event of an oil spill, the company announced on 8 February.

OSRL is an international industry-funded cooperative which exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, by providing preparedness, response and intervention services. Its shareholders are mainly environmentally responsible oil and gas companies.

To support its members on a global basis, OSRL has signed ‘call-off agreements’ with a number of third-party UAS providers including Bristow Aerial Solutions, Sky-Futures and Vertical Horizon Media. The agreements will provide OSRL members with pre-agreed rates, defined mobilisation procedures and a standardised approach to managing common preparedness and response activity.

The new service can be mobilised through the OSRL duty manager and will be subject to flight permissions and the meeting of regulatory requirements.

James Pringle, senior response specialist for OSRL, said: ‘The benefits of UAVs to our members are numerous. We have already identified a range of scenarios where UAVs would provide a notable advantage over existing approaches, including providing support for containment and recovery operations, shoreline surveys,

post-treatment inspections or site security, to name just a few.

‘For example, if you are conducting a shoreline survey, it would typically take a team up to an hour to survey one kilometre. The UAV can scan that same area in minutes and through its unique sensors and availability to reach difficult to access areas, provide additional information that a physical team would struggle to detect from land.’

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