The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is working on an acceptance criteria for the use of remote inspection techniques in ship surveys, including aerial drones and ship inspecting robots. Trial runs have already been undertaken, according to MPA’s chief executive Andrew Tan.
“Such methods of remote inspection are safer because marine surveyors do not have to put themselves in precarious positions onboard the ship to conduct inspections,” Tan said at a conference in Singapore today. “The use of drones also reduces man hours and costs for ship owners – it is a win-win situation for all.”
Tan said Singapore’s registry needed to stay at the forefront of tech changes to deliver novel solutions to clients.
“IoT, digitalisation and new technologies such as blockchain and smart drones are changing the way we work. To stay ahead, the Singapore Registry of Ships needs to embrace these technologies to offer value-added services to its customer,” Tan said.