Airborne Support Inc. and Fototerra Aerial Survey LLC formed a joint venture to provide integrated airborne oil spill response services in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) for the responder’s community and the oil and gas operators, it said on Dec. 4.

The services for the joint venture will include aerial remote sensing, aerial dispersant application supported by remote sensing information, and GIS services. The joint venture will sell its services through Airborne Support and it will be focused initially in the GoM.

The joint venture will capitalize on the strong reputation Airborne Support Inc. (ASI) has developed as a leader for aerial dispersant application in the Americas and on Fototerra’s strength in aerial remote sensing with unique technologies for oil spill detection and analysis.

“This agreement represents each organization’s strong commitment to provide customers with a single source for the best in oil spill response,” Brad Barker, ASI President and CEO, said. “This joint venture expands the ASI offering into a total service solution.”

“Intelligence on the scene is essential during an oil spill response,” Guilherme Pinho, Fototerra president and CEO, said. “It allows the responders to understand the environment, to decide the best strategies and tactics and to control the outcomes.”