• 2019 October 9 16:34

    Intelligent drones to inspect the safety of Danish ships

    A new project will develop an intelligent drone, which will be able to recognise on its own more than 99% of the possible errors that may occur on ships when they undergo a Safety Inspection. Drones with Artificial Intelligence can thus deliver more accurate and objective results than human beings. Innovation Fund Denmark has invested DKK 11.8 million in the project, NORDEN said in its release.

    Ships must be inspected periodically for the purposes of classification and business operation. However, it is difficult to strike the right balance between regular inspections and inspection costs in order to prevent corrosion, serious damage or even catastrophic errors on the ships. Until now, attempts at drone inspection has required human pilots and specialists, and, opposite to the actual classification inspection, they have only been based on visual input.

    That task must now be taken over by intelligent drones, which will be much more precise and effective than people when it comes to inspecting ships.

    The objective of the Inspectrone project, which the Innovation Fund Denmark has just invested in, is to develop an autonomous system that will use many different sensors (both visual and touch-based, e.g. ultrasound), which will provide consistent and regular inspection data. It is expected that the technology will ultimately be used in several different areas where inspection of closed, dangerous and other hard-to-access areas are required.

    One of the project parties, FORCE Technology, has performed drone-based inspections for a number of years. The company’s ultrasonic systems are among the world leaders for inspection use. With the help of Artificial Intelligence, the Technical University of Denmark will find defects in images, and via touch, technology can let drones test their surroundings. Another of the parties to the project, Lloyd's Register, has the best know-how with regard to the structural integrity of ships and will therefore be able to ensure that the drone-based inspection delivers satisfactory results. Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is one of the most innovative shipping companies and will deliver the ships that the drones of the project will be trained and tested on.

    The aim of the project is, thus, to create a user-friendly system that does not require expert users, and which can provide objective and accurate inspections on its own.

    - Our system contains human knowledge, but is, at the same time, more precise and objective. It will revolutionise ship inspections. The system is not costly and does not require an expert’s input, as simply pressing a button on a screen is required. The system can carry out regular inspections and provide vital information on the health status of ships. I am convinced that this technology will be able to give the Danish inspection and Danish shipping industry a leading position on the market, says Evangelos Boukas, Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Denmark.




2019 October 22

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13:49 Patrol ship of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet left Greek port of Pylos
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12:50 Marine Recruiting Agency trained 1,344 specialists for port and construction segments in 9M’19, up 14% YoY
12:28 DP World reports 1.1% gross like-for-like volume growth in 3Q 2019
12:26 ESPO congratulates port of Barcelona, Vigo and Baku for getting EcoPorts’ environmental management standard
12:01 Cook Islands, Sao Tome and Principe accede to Cape Town Agreement, 46 declare support
11:45 MPSV12 project vessel "Bahtemir" took part in emergency response exercises in the Gulf of Finland
11:22 3rd “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” conference kicks off in Moscow
11:13 Bio-based welding-gas production facility to open in the port of Amsterdam
10:44 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Europe and the Mediterranean to Australia and New Zealand
10:20 BLRT Grupp’s Noblessner Homeport project wins in “Best Development Project of 2019” nomination
09:56 Poland's first training centre for port staff opened at the Port of Gdansk
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.22% to $58.83, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.26% to $53.37
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08:31 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Oct 22

2019 October 21

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17:13 Guard ship "Yaroslav Mudry" of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet made business call in Limassol
17:05 Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live
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16:21 Ministerial Conference pushes ratification of Cape Town Agreement
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14:47 Port of Baku becomes first Green Port in Caspian region
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11:36 Port of Rotterdam posts Q3 2019 results
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2019 October 20

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