K Line takes to the skies to inspect its ships

Japanese shipping firm Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) is trialling ship hull inspection and maintenance by a drone and image analysis system jointly developed with compatriot company Technos Mihara Corporation.

In a release, K discussed the difficulties involved in inspecting certain hard to access parts of a ship such as the top side of cargo hold or the hull under water.

K Line set up a new department known as AI/Digitalization Promotion Division in January, which is aiming to introduce new technology and improve high-value-added transportation services.

Last week, another Japanese shipping major, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) tested similar technology, using a subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to inspect the submerged areas of the hull of a ship.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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