Bureau Veritas (BV), a provider of testing, inspection, and certification, announces it can now provide owners and operators with new ways to survey their ships through Remote Inspection Techniques operated by BV’s own surveyors in France.
This is an important milestone for BV as it confirms its strategy to leverage digital technologies to deliver its inspection services more safely and efficiently.
BV’s key objective with the use of RIT is to limit the use of costly and dangerous means of access, by replacing them with safer and more efficient technologies during the structural inspection of the hull. RIT also provides value to ship owners and operators, supporting the optimization of the survey time, facilitating the preparation and planning of dry-docking repairs, and saving costs.
This announcement follows two years of work to assess the potential, usage and value of Remote Inspection Techniques, which BV validated through a series of tests, Proof of Concepts (POC) and pilot surveys with aerial and underwater drones, crawlers, and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) on different types of vessels. In applicable cases, especially the close-up inspection of large cargo and ballast spaces at renewal or intermediate surveys, BV conducted surveys with drones operated by RIT service suppliers certified by BV and contracted by ship owners. BV has already approved 41 RIT Operators.
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