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December 2017


Bureau Veritas joins drones JDP

Bureau Veritas has joined RECOMMS (Remote Evaluation of Coatings / Corrosion on Offshore Machinery and Marine Structures / Ships), a joint development project (JDP), to develop drones with the capability to inspect steel structures in enclosed spaces such as cargo areas and ballast tanks.

The JDP’s primary objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone capable of following programmable flight paths, using 3D simulator ship specific training programs developed alongside the drone design.

The project is designed to meet the specific requirements for marine classification close up surveys and inspections. Using a drone will reduce risks to surveyors and ship crews, as well as reducing costs, for example by minimizing the need for staging erected for class renewal surveys.