Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS), a drones and robotics specialist, has received its fourth Classification Certificate as Recognised External Specialists from Lloyd’s Register for the use of drones during surveys of enclosed spaces.
The drones, or Remote Inspection Techniques, were tested on a large deep-water construction vessel. Remote inspection using drones can save shipowners and operators time, reduce costs, and minimise risk, by enabling them to survey objects and equipment from a remote location.
Prior to the test, drawings of the vessel’s tanks were reviewed to establish a flight plan and to indicate points of interest. The drones were manoeuvred successfully around the tanks according to the flight plan and reacted in real-time to the instructions of the surveyor. The survey was shown on a live on-screen.
RIMS has already received approval from BV, ABS, and RINA as well as the recent approval from LR. David Knukkel, CEO of RIMS believes this indicates acceptance and use of drone technology in the maritime industry and says that they will become a common tool to execute safe and cost-efficient inspections of ships.
“We are honoured to receive the approval, as these audits are not easy. Class are setting a high standard, not only to ensure safe operations during the flight of the drones but more importantly to achieve accurate survey results. Due to the importance of these surveys, we consider each flight as an examination and it is up to us to maintain the high standard demonstrated in class audits.”
Image: Lloyd’s Register Surveyor (front) and David Knukkel, CEO, RIMS BV (back) during practical audit.