• 2019 December 23 12:23

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping introduces drone surveys

    Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) says it is ready to survey ships and offshore facilities by means of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

    This remote inspection technique may benefit shipowner’s expenses. The procedure of drone inspection has been developed with due regard to the International Association of Classification Societies recommendations and provided in the Guidelines on Technical Supervision of Ships in Service (Annex 39).

    According to the Rules for the Classification Surveys of Ships in Service shipowners shall ensure all the necessary conditions for quality and safe survey. Structure inspection may require special arrangements, such as scaffoldings, lifts and movable platforms, boats or rafts. Globally, preparing a ship for a survey inevitably leads to temporary removal from service and additional expenses.

    Today, the international maritime industry expects unmanned aerial vehicles not only to increase the surveyor’s safety level, but also to minimize survey workload and costs. Drones are capable of inspecting hard-to-reach elements of offshore platform topsides, cargo space and ballast tanks of large capacity vessels as well as of revealing hull structure damage, such as holes, residual deformation, detachments, cracks, peeling off.

    The challenge of remote survey is the motion control of the drones and their capability to hover in rough wind conditions. A dedicated R&D project helped to identify particular technical features of the unmanned aerial vehicles and to assess risks. Currently the RS drones are equipped with gyrostabilized camera providing for real-time image and photography.

    The remote inspections are available from four RS branch offices: Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Astrakhan and the Far East wh ere surveyors passed the relevant training. The remote inspection is carried out by two people: operator steers and controls the drone whereas surveyor inspects structures from a tablet PC and records damages.

    “RS objective is to keep enhancing our Rules in terms of up-to-date technical developments, to add value to the industry assets along with our mission to promote the standards for the safety of navigation, safe carriage of goods, environmental protection. Shaping up the confidence of the shipowners we strive to develop the best solutions for the operational efficiency of commercial fleet”, said RS Director General Konstantin Palnikov.


2020 May 27

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17:06 ZIM posts Q1 2020 results
16:58 NOVATEK-Murmansk obtains resident status at Advanced Special Economic Zone
16:31 Transport Ministry addressed with proposal to introduce criteria for coal ports to be acknowledged as dedicated ones
16:04 UN agencies call for urgent action on crew changes and keyworker designation for sea and air workers
15:59 Cai Mep International Terminal welcomes maiden call of TP17 service
15:13 Traficom extends validity of certain seafarers’ competency and proficiency certificates
14:37 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Pola Agata of Project RSD59
14:02 First global standard for ship hull cleaning essential for marine ecosystems
13:44 Experts consider development of autonomous shipping as advantage for seafarers
13:29 Introduction of autonomous cargo carriers en masse expected within five-ten years
13:02 DEME Offshore successfully completes the inter-array cable laying works at the SeaMade offshore wind farm
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12:30 Multipurpose Reloading Complex in Ust-Luga: environmental performance conforms with standards
12:01 Payment term for sea port dues remains 30 days for the time being in the Port of Rotterdam
11:03 Wärtsilä upgrades the SCANTS Simulation Complex to provide advanced training at the United States Coast Guard Academy
10:32 Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau launches fifth Valdai 45R hydrofoil for Nizhny Novgorod Region
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2020 May 26

18:32 Diana Shipping signs a term loan facility with ABN AMRO Bank to refinance two separate existing loans with the bank
18:06 Jotun hull skating solutions tested by Wallenius Wilhelmsen
17:31 Bunker prices are going up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:05 CMA CGM ends PSS for exports from West Med, North Europe, Scandinavia & Poland, Baltic, Italy Adriatic & Black Sea to Mayotte, Seychelles, Comoros & Madagascar outports
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15:35 Norsepower Rotor Sail installation completed on Scandlines ferry in just hours
15:01 Baltiysky Zavod lays down forth 60-MW icebreaker of Project 22220
13:59 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and LNG Terminal Wilhelmshaven sign a contract to build and charter an LNG terminal ship
13:42 RF Government approves Customs Service Development Strategy till 2030
13:15 Rospotrebnadzor issues guidelines on prevention of COVID-19 spread for sea and river passenger ports and terminals
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15:55 RF Government bans imports of diesel and marine fuel
15:30 Second shallow-draft dry cargo barge of Project RDB20, Belmax 10, floated out
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