Antwerp is experimenting with drones to design safety
Antwerp Port Authority carried out tests last week with a drone to ensure a safer port area. The results, including a container fire, were used to test how the drone can play a role.
Nathalie van Herk
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The port authority gives the so-called ‘fixed wing’ drone ‘an unseen perspective of the entire port’ and can fly around for more than eight hours. According to the port manager, the drone can fly at a great height (280 meters) and has a strong camera with zoom lens.
Last week, the port authority tested realistic incident scenarios in collaboration with the Waasland Emergency Assistance Zone and the Antwerp Fire Brigade Zone and technology partner Sabca. The images recorded by the undefeated aircraft of four-man capabilities (a container fire, the rescue of a person in distress on a wind and the red of a man overboard) aircraft in the harbor area.
Antwerp Port Authority will play a more important role in the port of the future and in the design according to safety. In concrete terms, this involves assignments such as infrastructure inspection, surveillance and monitoring, incident management, berth management and oil spill or floating dirt detection.