unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in the vernacular, are not part of the historical naval vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may evoke images from science fiction, the truth is that commercial companies design drone systems for private sectors, and they are gradually penetrating our lives daily. There are rumors that Henry Ford saw in his invention of the car that if people asked what they wanted, they would say, “Faster horses.” In the case of unmanned aircraft systems, they are rapidly evolving into a useful marine business tool due to the opportunities offered by innovative.
Below is a summary of the most important developments in specific sectors of the marine industry:
1. Re-supply at sea
Currently, owners and operators have to rely on traditional means of delivery, such as boats, a cargo ship, or shipping to send urgent medical supplies, mail, documents, parts, provisions, and the like. a ship to a port. However, these options are time consuming and expensive, with boats costing at least $ 1,000. The truth is that ship resupply is common, and in some cases supplies are needed when it The ship is far from the sea or with the next port of call not yet specified.
2. Foreign Energy – Oil, Gas and Wind
In addition to re-supplying ships, companies are increasingly using drone systems in the energy sector of Perform Inspection Work. Experts suggest that UAV systems are capable of operating in the most challenging environments in the marine industry. They can be used to meet requirements required for approval of oil and gas exploration, such as those related to ice surveys and marine matters. Drone systems can scan and identify ship elements for leaks or possible damage Pipes, structural defects or other problems in hard-to-reach places after or dangerous to human intervention, such as foreign jacks, torch stacks and bottoms of fleet structures. Unmanned aerial systems can also assist with complex inspection and survey work in conditions where mass surveys may be required, including body tank inspections in confined spaces.
3. Shipyard inspections and stratified societal surveys
To keep up with other marine sectors, foreign shipbuilders use technologyUASDuring the various construction and inspection phases in an effort to save time and money and increase efficiency. Last year the company startedRemontowa Ship repair InheritPolish launches drones to inspect the interiors of tankers for chemicals and products. During the recovery I went inUASTo cargo tanks to provide an overall assessment of the condition of the structure and bulkheads and save time by mitigating some time-consuming tasks such as erecting scaffolding. The shipyard expects to extend the scope of the inspections to other areas of the ship, such as the masts or roof levers.
4. Ports and stations
In addition to the technology currently available, ports of call and terminals are taking steps to monitor shipyards, and ship operations may be taking steps in Consider UAV systems to improve terminal management. In the near future, unmanned aircraft systems could be used to supplement port security plans.
5. Government contracts and grants
As the capabilities of UAV systems increase, government agencies continue to seek additional uses for them to support various legal authorities and national security interests. Federal agencies such as the US Coast Guard conduct active market research using UAS to support legal missions such as law enforcement, immigration, fisheries, drug control and smuggling control, among others.
6. Operational risk and liability insurance
It is undeniable that the inclusion of UAS in the maritime industry has barriers to overcome it, responsibilities such as collision, third party damage and injury are all variables to consider. At present, there is still rapid development of a complete set of data that can be used to measure all the risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles in the maritime sector. It presents challenges for the industry as well as for insurance companies. One of the most important responsibilities when runningUASCommercially, cyber security (ie, malicious actors who “hack” or “spoof” aircraft systems) is a rapidly evolving issue of responsibility.