On the 26-th of July RIMS (and partner Dutch Drone Company) supported Saipem and RINA with the execution of a CAP-survey of the Saipem 7000 with the use of drone technology. Work scope was inspection of the crane, bracing and brackets below main deck level, areas which are hard to reach without scaffolding.
Saipem: “This is the first time we have used drones during a survey, and we are very content with the performance. The use of this technology not only increases safety on board of our vessel, but also saves a huge amount of time and the investment in scaffolding. It also gives the opportunity to build up a trend of the condition of the vessel in time, now being able to review the data again during preparation of future surveys”.
David Knukkel, CEO of RIMS, commented “RIMS is an established supplier of Remote Inspection Technology and works with Classification Societies during surveys using drones for inspection. We completed the work scope in one day to the satisfaction of the RINA surveyor. The surveyor was able to monitor the results live on the screen and has the facility to review the images later if required”.
Pino Spadafora, Director Marine North Europe at RINA added “Our surveyor was satisfied by the outcomes of using the drone technology. The technology allows RINA surveyors to conduct, in compliance with the applicable RINA rules, direct inspections, giving precise instructions to the operators. This means that we simultaneously reduce both the hazardous manhours for our staff and the overall inspection time”.