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YouTuber drone footage beautiful but shot way too close for comfort

Peter Stewart, PortandTerminal.com, December 31st, 2018

There’s no denying that the YouTuber known as “The Bee”’s drone chase footage of ships is beautiful to watch. The Bee has created over 20 ship chase videos. Al of them are shot in 4K HD. Each one is as spectacular as the next. Other people seem to agree. The Bee’s YouTube channel has over 200,000 views.

The DJI Phantom 3 Pro

The drone that The Bee used is a DJI Phantom 3 Pro. It has a range of 4.3 miles (7 km) and a maximum speed of 43 miles/hr (75 km/hr). The ships that The Bee chases are simply no match for it.

DJI Phantom 3 Pro

If you’re in the market for a DJI drone like The Bee’s, note that a newer DJI Phantom 4 Pro is out now. If your heart is still set on the Phantom 3 Pro though you can pick one up for about $800.

Security Risk

The scary part isn’t The Bee’s fault. It’s the drone that he uses to capture his beautiful footage. It demonstrates the relative ease with which someone can put a drone/weapon next to a cargo vessel.

As recent events have shown, drones are now a cheap, effective, and potentially deadly weapon in the arsenal of criminals and terrorists.

How many of The Bee’s 200,000 views were by potential bad actors looking at the relative ease with which he managed to get near his ship targets with a drone? Even one would be too many given the potential consequences.

The number, sophistication, and impact of drone attacks is increasing. As drone technology has improved, so has the threat that they present.

Let’s look at a few recent examples of drone incidents:

Airport chaos at London’s Gatwick as flights were cancelled due to drones being spotted near airplanes.

Gatwick Airport Shutdown: A few days before Christmas, 2018 drones were spotted flying near Gatwick Airport, the second busiest in the UK, which temporarily shut down as a result of the sighting. Holiday travel was interrupted for over 140,000 people.

Photo: Army officer injured in drone assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Attempted assassination of Venezuela’s President: On Aug. 4, 2018, drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as he gave a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas, Venezuela. In the attack, two drones armed with explosives detonated near Maduro as he spoke outdoors during a military celebration. President Madura was unharmed in the attack which was blamed on an opposition leader.

Drone Attack on a Saudi Naval Vessel: January 30 2017, an unmanned vessel filled with explosives rammed into a Saudi Navy frigate at high speed, killing two sailors and injuring three others. Originally thought to be a suicide attack, the small boat was later discovered to be an unmanned drone and may be the first such attack by a drone boat.


It has been over year since the Bee posted his last ship chase video. Have the Belgian authorities have clamped down on the use of drones near areas classified as security risks and knocked him “off air”?

Whatever the case, be sure to visit his YouTube channel and enjoy the footage while you still can.

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