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Further class approval for Drone inspection of confined spaces for RIMS from KRS expands options for shipowners RIMS (Robotics In Maintenance Strategies) have secured a further class approval from Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces.

Drone operator during flight inspection.

The KRS certification for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces, adds to the now highly impressive portfolio of class approvals RIMS have achieved in such a short period of time. This further certification means that even more shipowners and managers can now reap benefits which this new technology offers during class surveys.

The use of drones during surveys enables remote live on-screen object inspection, which can result in the elimination of the use of costly access equipment such as scaffolding and cherry pickers. This technology used in this way in turn then offers additional substantial benefits to shipowners and managers such as; reduction in the time to carry out a survey, minimising of risk, as well as cost savings.

David Knukkel, CEO, RIMS said; "We have come a long way in our quest in the practical integration of drone technology in the world maritime surveying. Having now gained five class approvals over the past six months, it has demonstrated to us a major shift for the maritime world in both awareness and attitude. These certifications are not achieved easily. The nature of class means the bar is high and obtaining these approvals rubber stamps, for us and our customers, that we provide a safe and accurate service, to the highest possible standard.

Our own journey and the future of the technology is looking promising, and the positive response to date is encouraging. We shall continue to put our efforts into obtaining further class approval, whilst investing time and resources into researching and developing our existing services further to meet the needs of the industry."

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