Essex Police, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have teamed up on a new one-year-long drone trial to support vital search and rescue action around the coast of Essex. The trial started on 29 April.
ABS published guidance notes on the use of remote inspection technologies, detailing best practices for their use on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated underwater vehicles and robotic crawlers, collectively known as remote inspection technologies (RITS).
In a bid to leverage the new technologies to drive operational efficiency, APM Terminals announced the introduction of drones at its inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile, so that safety supervisors can monitor activities more effectively and safely.
In its annual Safety and Shipping Review, Allianz revealed that 2017 saw the second lowest total of shipping losses over the past decade, with a decline of more than 38%, driven by improved ship design, technology and advances in risk management and safety, as well as recent lower shipping activity.
Bureau Veritas provided the first attestation to RIMS BV, as an approved service supplier allowing the use of Remote Inspection Techniques during surveys of hull structure of ships and mobile offshore units classed with BV.
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