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ROVs as a Tool for Biofouling Inspections and Ship Hull Inspections

Western Australia Fisheries department conducted an evaluation on using remotely operated vehicles for inspections on maritime infrastructure “ROVs are a suitable tool for carrying out biofouling inspections on vessels and other maritime infrastructure. They are able to access and inspect the majority of a vessel’s submerged surface area and their imagery is of sufficient quality to enable the detection and characterisation of biofouling assemblages or even of specific target species, including situations where these are hidden within existing biofouling. Compared to inspections using divers, biofouling inspections by ROVs can be cost-effective and associated with minimal OH&S risks.” “ROVs have greater transportability than divers and a better ability to travel to remote inspection sites cost-effectively.” 

ROVs Deployed in Port

  • Port infrastructure inspections.

  • Jetty Inspections 

  • Hull inspections

  • Benthic Surveys 

  • Grid Searches 

  • Log Waypoints

We have designed The Javelin specifically for ship hull inspections, jetty and infrastructure inspections in port.


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Minimising Occupational Health and Safety Risks with an ROV

Using our ROV for ship hull inspections, limits Occupation Health and Safety Risks.

“Any diving around a vessel or production facility (e.g., oil rig) requires the shut-down of any engines, thrusters and sonar systems, that may interfere with diver safety. On some oil or gas rigs, some operations may be disrupted while divers are in the water. This may present a cost to the production company, but may also restrict the time frames available for conducting the inspection. ROVs, in comparison, are not subject to the same severe restrictions imposed on divers and are able to be deployed more easily. Divers are subject to considerable OH&S risks when diving in areas with frequent vessel traffic (e.g., risk of impact injury or damage to umbilical and air supply) and in areas that are exposed to strong currents or wave action. They are also confined to relatively shallow depths. The use of divers in areas inhabited by dangerous marine creatures such as jellyfish, crocodiles or sharks is often limited to avoid encounters/attacks. Diving accidents can have very serious consequences involving injuries or fatalities. In contrast, accidents involving ROVs are limited to material and financial losses. “


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