Drones and UAV offer a very real solution for the inspection of confined areas, such as tanks / cargo holds. Traditional inspection of these tanks is a laborious, expensive and poses many potential risks. The use of a drone revolutionises the time needed and the the safety of cargo tanks and cargo holds inspection.
By performing tanks and cargo holds inspections using drones the specialist (24marine.com) can check the the real time conditions of places that are not accesible by normal human conditions.
A drone can be quickly deployed to capture images and video to allow asset inspectors to view all internal spaces. This includes fitting pipes, wall and bulkheads junctions, welding, structural members, without the need for workers to spend time in a highly hazardous environment, workinng at high.
Industry statistics shows that 98% of the costs are related to HSE and preparation, only 2% to the inspection itself. By removing the need for staging, scaffolding, downtime and the time is taken for humans to enter confined spaces leads to a cost reduction that amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars
Traditional cargo tank inspection takes days to implement. Tank inspections carried out by a drone can take as little as two hours per tank. or cargo hold.
Every vessel or offshore installation, no matter the size and type, has a high potential accident opportunity. While the seaman, surveyors, contractors may be experts in one area, they may not be fully aware of the dangers and potential accidents that can happen onboard.
We in 24marine strongly believe that virtual reality can contribute to decrease the number of preventable accidents and bring a new dimension of details on the survey reporting systems. It has the potential to document conditions, detect failures, perform tests, and save lives in the long-term.
The virtual replication of the surveys spaces allows decision makers to assess the survey areas, in details and without risking any life, a part of introducing big savings on scaffolding, equipment and preparation time. Below a summary of benefits of using virtual reality in cargo hold and confined spaces onboard ships:
Increase quality. Virtual reality offers a common spatial experience that leads to better decision-making. Because there are almost no misinterpretations.
Save time and money. By allowing a better pre-planning stage, as drones and virtual reality crew and sets are reduced compared with other techniques as scaffolding, ropes crews, cherry-pickers.
Improve survey review. The inspected area gets recorded in real time (real life), can be analyzed and re-analyzed as many times as required.
Reduce downtime. Surveys performed by drones and Virtual Reality, reduced the impact of surveys times on vessels busy and tied schedules.
Port administrations need to have an increased safety distance when the weather conditions are not favorable.
During adverse weather conditions is recommended to have the engine on standby mode, since once the vessel start develop momentum it close to impossible to stop without engine.
The anchor performance is heavily defendant on the amount of chain deployed, in order to have the anchor on the correct position to bite the floor.
During heavy weather conditions the position monitoring need to be more often than in normal situations, there in the market many GPS for bridges with anchor monitoring alarm, that give officers on watch a ring when the threshold is passed.
This Incident was taken from Marine Accident Investigation
Branch from UK.
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