Korea Grants Further Class Approval for Drone Inspections

Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) has granted a further class approval for the use of drones in inspections of enclosed spaces aboard ships.

The KRS certification, which was awarded to Robotics In Maintenance Strategies (RIMS), means that even more shipowners and managers can now reap benefits which this new technology offers during class surveys.

The use of drones during surveys enables remote live on-screen object inspection, which can result in the elimination of the use of costly access equipment such as scaffolding and cherry pickers.

Additionally, such techonology offers additional substantial benefits to shipowners and managers, including reduction in the time to carry out a survey, minimising of risk, as well as cost savings, according to RIMS.

“We have come a long way in our quest in the practical integration of drone technology in the world maritime surveying. Having now gained five class approvals over the past six months, it has demonstrated to us a major shift for the maritime world in both awareness and attitude,” David Knukkel, CEO of RIMS, said.

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