Dutch drone inspection services provider RIMS BV has received an additional two certifications from DNV GL and the Indian Class Register for the use of drones during surveys of enclosed spaces.
New regulations issued by the International Association of Classification Societies ensure a certain quality standard to service suppliers who want to use drone technology during close surveys, RIMS noted, adding that it is the first company to meet these requirements.
“For each location we have to investigate the local regulations. Regulations and costs involved can vary and it is so important to spend time to ensure safe and efficient operations,” Knukkel said.
Ship owners, managers and operators currently choose how a surveyor gains access to the areas. The options for access will be dependent on the type of survey, as in some cases thickness measurements are required.
“This current process of working leads to surveyors still working in unsafe conditions to carry out procedures, as well unnecessary costs to the ship owner. We think this situation is not sustainable, and eventually the regulators will force the market to use the latest technology to ensure safe working practices for their employees,” Knukkel concluded.
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