RIMS receives ClassNK approval for use of drones in enclosed spaces

RIMS receives ClassNK approval for use of drones in enclosed spaces
Drones used for carrying out remote inspection on-board ships. Image courtesy of RIMS

Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) has received approval from ClassNK for the use of remote inspection techniques (drones) in enclosed spaces.

The certification by classification societies for the use of drones during surveys of enclosed spaces enables shipowners and managers to choose remote inspection techniques for ship inspections, if they wish to do so.

Using drones in maritime surveys enables remote live on-screen object inspection, which can eliminate the use of costly access equipment such as scaffolding and cherry pickers.  This also reduces time spent carrying out surveys, minimising risk and improving cost efficiency.

David Knukkel, CEO, RIMS commented: “We want to ensure we can offer our services as an option to all, and we shall continue to put our efforts into obtaining further class approval to ensure this is the case.”

“Our journey and the future of the technology is looking promising and we are really seeing a positive shift which these class approvals only enhance further. The benefits of the drone technology are vast, and we will continue in our mission to demonstrate what these benefits are to the maritime industry.”

Over the past 12 months RIMS has secured class approvals from Bureau Veritas, Lloyd’s Register, ABS, RINA, KRS, in addition to ClassNK.