RIMS BV has received another two certifications from DNV GL and the Indian Class Register for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces.
Including these latest additions, RIMS now has certification from eight classification societies for its drone technology that combined with skilled pilots, reduces safety risks and offers a more cost-efficient solution for inspections of assets.
New regulations issued by IACS, ensure a certain quality standard to service suppliers who want to use drone technology during close surveys. RIMS is able to meet these requirements, offering the market a full-service package of drone inspections.
David Knukkel, CEO, RIMS, said: “We are pleased that clear regulations have been defined towards the quality of inspections. It acknowledges the scenario of many hobby pilots applying for certification, who may have failed, due to lack of knowledge of the assets and experience to reach the required output. This diluted the market for professionals and did not install much confidence with end-users and Classification Societies to adopt the technology on a more widespread scale.”
Knukkel explained: “For each location we have to investigate the local regulations. Regulations and costs involved can vary and it is so important to spend time to ensure safe and efficient operations. Thanks to our excellent network we have the knowhow on what is required and how and when to obtain the local permits.”
Shipowners, managers and operators currently choose how a surveyor gains access to the areas. The options for access will be dependent on the type of survey as in some cases thickness measurements are required.
“It is the task of the classification societies and service suppliers, like RIMS, to explain when thickness measurements are really required and at which locations. We have seen so many clients spending unnecessarily on a variety of methods, when only one would be enough in their circumstance,” said Knukkel.
In addition to the latest classifications, RIMS has secured classification from RINA, Lloyd’s Register, ClassNK, Bureau Veritas, Korean Register, and ABS.
Originally published on Digital Ship.