Cruise ship inspection swarms
Vessel inspections are a regular part of a ship’s operation, undertaken as frequently as every six months. Inspections cover the entire ship, from the bridge to the deck and accommodation areas, and the engine room.[2,3] The vast majority of these inspections are currently executed manually, are time consuming, and cost between $1.500 and $14.500, depending on ship type and size.
Equipped with cameras and sensors, drones are already being used for vessel inspections, for example inspecting cargo holds and vessel hulls. An autonomous swarm of small drones could maneuver flexibly and provide pictures of hard-to-reach areas.[6,7] Moreover, drones, operating concurrently, would speed up the inspection of the ship, and the data files can be post-processed using machine learning algorithms, reducing costs.
When will it become accepted practice that drone swarms are used for vessel inspections?
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 Paris MoU, 2020, Inspection types
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