Sector Oil Gas & Petrochemical
Region North America

The project, carried out by a two-man team, saw Cyberhawk examine the quality of the entire internal surface of all 14 tanks in only seven days. Typically, this type of inspection is conducted using a technique called rafting. Rafting involves filling the tank being inspected with water, allowing the ship surveyor to use a raft or dinghy to view critical inspection areas of the tank, inaccessible from the tank floor. Rafting creates a large volume of oil-contaminated water which has to be decanted from the vessel at a port that can handle such waste. Using a UAV eliminated the generation of oil-contaminated water and the safety risks associated with rafting.

UAVs were chosen as the preferred method of inspection primarily to reduce the safety risk posed to personnel working at height, as well as to save time. Cyberhawk was the first company ever to complete an internal inspection using UAVs and has worked in multiple environments and projects since the launch of this service.