Hempel has launched an underwater hull inspection service using Remote Operated Vehicles. Photo: Hempel
Global coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched an underwater hull inspection service using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), to provide complete hull coating inspections while a vessel is at port or anchorage.
Under Hempel’s Hull Inspection Service, inspections are conducted by an expert Coatings Advisor operating an ROV which is navigated around the vessel’s hull using remote-controlled thrusters. The ROV captures high-resolution video footage and still images of the hull for assessment in real-time.
Hempel’s Hull Inspection Service is available in selected ports in China and Korea and will be extended to key maritime hubs worldwide in the near future.
Klaus Moeller, Group VP, head of services, commented “The ability to utilise remote hull inspections through the deployment of highly sophisticated and purpose-built ROV’s is a significant step-change in the ability to create advanced hull maintenance plans. The inspection is conducted by highly trained ROV experts who combine their unique expertise with information on the vessel’s trading activity to compile the final report which includes recommendations to optimise hull performance. This provides operators with tangible, accurate and consistent evidence upon which to base their operational decisions, while also providing proof of hull condition for relevant industry authorities.”
According to Hempel, using ROVs for hull inspections simplifies the process and allows for more frequent and less costly hull inspections. As no divers are required, inspections can be conducted without the need to shut down vessel systems. This makes it possible to complete hull inspections in two hours or less even alongside cargo loading or discharge.