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Ship hull inspections Fast, Safe, and detailed ship Inspections. No risky dives and less paperwork

Hidden beneath the surface is the ship’s hull, an important element in ensuring that a ship functions efficiently. Material failure, corrosion and unidentified structural defects can lead to disaster, making frequent ship hull inspections important. The traditional method of inspection, using human divers is time consuming and expensive, and puts the divers at risk. The underwater inspection service provided by Engineers with Drones helps you assess a ship hull’s and spot structural failure using non destructive underwater drones, faster and safer.

Inspection is essential to maintaining your ship's hull

The hull paint is an important protective element in helping ships deal with changing water temperatures, currents, biofouling and sea environments. If your ship's hull is not properly protected, these changing conditions can cause structural damage.

Our ship hull inspections service help our clients monitor the status of their vessels hull and spot the following issues caused during normal operations:

  • Corrosion
  • Dents
  • Cracks
  • Leaks
  • Hull irregularities
  • Biological build up

The build up of plant, algae and other sea organisms (also called biofouling) can hinder your ship’s performance. Even ships treated with anti-fouling paint require regular inspections to ensure no areas have been compromised and that the paint is holding up. The advantage of ship hull inspections using drones is that you can compare, monitor and inspect points of interest up close allowing you to determine when to recoat the paint.

Faster - maximise productivity

Traditional inspection methods require the use of multiple divers. One of the divers will take up the role of main diver and the others will be in supporting roles. During an inspection they may need to switch roles due to circumstances. Divers have to take breaks. This can slow down the process. Multiple divers can be replaced by one submersible drone.

Safer - stay dry and safe

Underwater drones eliminate the need for human divers, minimizing the risks associated with underwater ship hull inspections. The port is a busy place with a lot of traffic of other vessels causing a huge risk of ships colliding into a diver. Anchoring ships a mile from the port to mitigate this risk exposes the divers to the dangers of strong current and being carried deeper into the ocean. Our underwater drones can easily navigate these strong currents in a safe manner. The rapid pressurization and depressurization caused by diving to 12 meters and deeper also takes its toll on divers bodies, oftens causing decompression sickness (also known as the bends). Our drone can go up and down all day.

IAA Certified

We are fully accredited by the Irish Aviation Authority to the latest European wide EASA regulations.

Fully Insured

We hold 13m employers liability insurance and 6.5m public & products liability Insurance.

Experienced Engineers

We are experienced engineers with strong technical backgrounds.

Ireland Based

We are based in Ireland which means we can respond quickly to your needs.

Our Drone Capability

Here at Engineers With Drones we fly the latest cutting edge drones. Our UAV's are selected specifically for the tasks they perform. Drones such as the DJI M300 and payloads such as the Zenmuse H20T with high optical zoom lenses are optimal for safely inspecting high-value assets at a stand-off range.

To find out more about our drone equipment and what it can do click here.

A DJI M300 RTK inspection drone for wind turbines

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