How drones are being used to improve safety and efficiency on ocean freight ops
Adapted from World Maritime News online
Some shipping companies have started introducing drones into their freight operations. The potential for drones to be used as a part of a tablet-based system that incorporates artificial intelligence can provide captains with a digital view of their ship as never seen before. Drones can be used to deliver ship hold inspection data, draft readings and other critical information. Traditionally, a person climbs down ladders to check; they must be physically fit, use fall protection equipment and carry a parrot (oxygen meter) to check that there is enough air in the hold: this takes a lot of time. With cameras fitted, drones can take 4K and infrared images etc. to reveal cracks or other phenomena that are not easily visible with the naked eye. Drones could prove to be invaluable as a tool to expedite checks and inspections, and further eliminate the human element out of what could be a potentially hazardous situation.
Question: How can drones be used as a tool to expedite checks and inspections?
Answer: By delivering information about the ship’s condition, electronically.