Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced on December 20 that it participated in a demonstration test of ship class survey using aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service. The test reassured the benefits of using drones to monitor rust, corrosion, and the presence of cracks.
Specifically, the demonstration test included a simulated ship inspection inside the cargo hold and ballast tank using video shot from an aerial drone.
According to MOL, ClassNK has previously conducted visual inspections while ship management companies handle maintenance and inspection works by assembling scaffolds during dry docking.
The use of drone is expected to enhance the operational safety and efficiency of a vessel. Drones will enable work that needs to be done at great heights and in dangerous environments.
Finally, MOL participated in the demonstration test along with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Hitachi Systems, Ltd. and Mitsui Co., Ltd.