KR launches drone-based surveys

Dec 08 2017

IACS member Korean Register (KR) is now conducting inspection services using drones.

The new service, which has been successfully trialled and now launched, follows extensive collaboration and research conducted with the University of Gyeongnam Geochang.


The drone inspection will save KR's customers time and money and will enhance the safety of the organisation's workforce, the class society claimed. The inspection is conducted on board, in and around ships and many of the inspected areas are high risk and difficult to access safely. 


The inspections will be carried out using drones and underwater drones.


After researching the possibilities and technology available, KR successfully completed a series of tests using camera-equipped drones for ship inspections, and at the same time established a registration process for service suppliers, including the University of Gyeongnam Geochang. 


The two organisations now plan to work together on future technological developments.


Lee Jeong-kie, KR chairman and CEO, said; "We are delighted to announce that we can now offer full ship inspection services with camera-equipped drones, employing the very latest technology. This development will be a significant advantage for our customers', saving their time and capital resources, as well as increasing efficiency and safety at the worksite, which I hope, will in turn improve competitiveness across the shipping industry. ”


In the future, KR plans to provide services using a variety of different drones to expand its inspection service areas. KR will carry out further research and development into the relevant technology, while vetting and registering more secure service suppliers worldwide, particularly in China and across Asia.


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