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Drones fly ahead for ship class surveys

Thu 30 Nov 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Drones fly ahead for ship class surveys
David Knukkel: “We have managed to realise a real shift in the maritime industry with acceptance of using new technology”

Use of flying drones for remote monitoring and class surveys on ships took a step closer when two classification societies certified this technology.

Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) has received certificates as a recognised external specialist from ABS and RINA. It has already gained recognition as an approved service supplier from Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.

These recognise that RIMS can provide remote inspection techniques using drones during surveys of enclosed spaces.

RIMS chief executive David Knukkel said the company was the first in the world with approvals from all three classification societies. “This means that we have managed to realise a real shift in the maritime industry with acceptance of using new technology,” he said.

“These latest acknowledgements by these respected societies reinforces that we are delivering safe, sustainable, cost effective and quality approved services in the marine industry.”

Drone and robotic technologies can be used for autonomous and sustainable surveying. Shipowners and managers can invite RIMS to attend during a class survey to support surveyors to visualise objects that are to be inspected live on screen.

Mr Knukkel said appointing RIMS to provide this service reduces the time to carry out scheduled survey work and avoids unnecessary costs of access equipment such as scaffolding or cherry pickers.

This will also lead to minimising risk and physical evidence, bringing substantial benefits to owners, insurers and classification societies.

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