As explained, the in-water survey was located in Marseille, while has been supervised from Paris using a remotely operated drone.
"Efficient underwater inspection of shipping vessels is important for the industry as a substitute for docking surveys at agreed intervals or to inspect hull damage. BV has been evaluating opportunities to provide effective remote inspection services. Using the Seasam system, an in-water survey of a ship located in Marseille has been supervised from its head office in Paris."
...Bureau Veritas stated.
Through the underwater remote survey, BV observed the following:
- Safer operations with no divers in the water
- Reduction in risk of disturbance to ship operations
- Higher quality pictures generated by the drone due its stability in the water
- Ease of deployment with one operator and limited equipment compared to a team of several divers and their equipment
- A collaborative platform providing enriched video sharing
- A secure data platform providing intuitive and detailed reporting
In addition, it was noted that the Seasam drone, sensors, and control system with Notilo Plus software has successfully demonstrated enhanced capabilities as one of the possible alternatives to the traditional diver in-water survey.
"Underwater remote surveys can improve safety, reduce risk, time and expenses to provide better results. Maintaining the integrity and safety of a ship is a huge task. This new underwater technology brings digital classification to another level providing new opportunities to both our clients and to BV".
...Laurent Leblanc, Senior Vice President Technical & Operations for Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, concluded.