Divers beware: MOL deploys robot to check hull

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has tested the use of a subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to inspect the submerged areas of the hull of one of its cable-laying ships.

“The demonstration test clearly showed the viability of checking for faults and damage to submerged outboard equipment and determining the status of damage to the ship bottom using a subsea ROV,” MOL stated in release today, saying the new technology provides a reliable alternative to conventional inspection by a diver.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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