Sky-Futures has completed inspection of offshore assets using a drone in the Gulf of Mexico for a global oil and gas client.

As part of the inspection services, the company provided the derrick, a helideck, and four cranes on a drill ship.

Sky-Futures also provided a crew comprising an inspection engineer and remote pilot, who completed oil and gas drone inspection training at the company’s specialist centre in the UK.

In addition, the company provided planning, execution and work-flow services for the client.

Sky-Futures operations vice-president Jay Forte said: "Since receiving our FAA Exemption ten months ago, we have made considerable progress; opening our office in Houston, growing our team by hiring and training remote pilots and engineers, and completing our first onshore contract in September 2015.

"We have proven that drones can be successfully used for more efficient and safe inspections."

"We have now established ourselves as the leading drone inspection service provider in the Gulf of Mexico. We have proven that drones can be successfully used for more efficient and safe inspections in the gulf, just as we have already done across the world.”

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Sky-Futures co-founder and CEO James Harrison said: "We are now proven in providing safe and efficient inspections in the world’s largest single market, both on and offshore in the USA.

"We are focussed on aggressively expanding our operations in the Gulf of Mexico and North America in the coming year."

The company said that inspections completed by drone are safer and prevent personnel being put at risk.

Sky-Futures delivered work globally for companies such as Apache, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Statoil and Petronas.

Image: Inspections completed by drone prevent personnel being put at risk. Photo: courtesy of Sky-Futures.