North East Drone Service Provider, DJM Aerial Solutions take a step away from their normal services to provide the historic offshore marine facility Shepherd Offshore, with some epic aerial footage.
Shepherd offshore are synonymous throughout the oil and gas and renewables industry for their services in the North East within the sector. A hugely historic family business with strong links to Newcastle United football club alongside the sector they provide services for.
Founders of Shepherd Offshore Freddy Shepherd and brother Bruce both strong businessmen in the North East region and managed to negotiate the majority share of the North banks of the river Tyne for development of their empire and have done so on a grand scale now owning a 3.5km corridor of prime estate along the North shore of the river Tyne.
Shepherd offshore are fiercely passionate about their Tyneside roots and continuously providing both employment opportunities and ongoing development potential for their business with a huge portfolio of assets under their wing.
Shepherd Offshore approached Teesside based drone company DJM Aerial Solutions after being involved on another project with the offshore facility earlier in the year which included an in-depth erosion survey of the banks of the River Tyne starting from Shepherds yard and moving inland past Wellstream GE Oil and Gas and finally up Hadrians way towards Walker Riverside Park.
DJM Aerial Solutions, predominantly drone survey and inspection were commissioned to produce some geospatial data for Envirocentre based in Glasgow and were heavily involved with Shepherd Offshore attaining the required permissions etc. Shepherd Offshore decided that DJM Aerial Solutions would be the perfect candidate to carry out their Aerial Filmography around their site capturing aerial views of the assets attained over two generations of the Shepherd family.
Dan Maine company director for DJM added, ” We are delighted to be asked back to cover their requirements for aerial filming, although we are predominantly involved within the inspection and survey sector this is another string to our bow which we partake in occasionally.”
DJM Aerial Solutions have an enviable fleet of drone and sensor technology and can cover a wide range of services rivaling some of the biggest drone service providers in the area. The company formed off the back of the oil and gas industry established itself in 2016 and has grown from strength to strength with investments in both standard UAV and confined space uav technology.
Dan Maine, commented, “Shepherd Offshore is a company close to my roots personally in an area where I cut my teeth within the heavy engineering industry as a young technician. So we were overwhelmed when we were asked to provide some aerial footage of the assets I had been awe inspired with as a young man, including the infamous Hammerhead crane”
The Hammerhead crane that dominates the skyline in that particular area of Newcastle has in recent years had a great deal of refurbishment. The 1930 Hammerhead crane, on what was the Walker Naval Yard, has worked on vessels such as the battleship King George V and the aircraft carriers Ark Royal and Illustrious. The load capacity of the hammerhead crane – now the biggest in England – has been increased from 250 to 320 tonnes after a significant improvement project costing in the region of £4 million.
Dan added, “My trips up to both Wallsend and Walker areas of Newcastle as a young service engineer for some of the companies Shepherd Offshore employed to assist on their projects were met with a pure fascination which fueled me to continue my own career within the oil and gas industry. Where again I would be indirectly involved with Shepherd Offshore’s marine facilities. We are certainly proud to have had the chance to provide the footage for Shepherd Offshore and I hope we’ve done it all justice”
If you would like to discuss your remote inspection or any aerial filming needs using drone technology, then please either get in touch via this link to our contact page or Call us on +44 (0) 1642 903779 We’d be more than happy to speak to you and go through the process.