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Shipping Inspections with Remotely Operated Vehicles

Understand what is happening under your vessel without diver intervention

Become more efficient

Ocean shipping continues to be the primary transportation of billions of dollars in goods. Proactively manage your fuel efficiency by conducting regular ROV inspections of your hull to determine optimal cleaning and paint schedules.

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Underwater security for Port Authorities

With Deep Trekker ROVs, port authorities and border security professionals are able to perform an efficient hull inspection on every single vessel to pass through their waters without the need to send a human into the water, or incur the high costs and delay of dry-docking. Contraband inspections can be performed efficiently, regularly, and without risk to a human underwater.

UWILD Inspections

“Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Dry-docking” can be completed with an ROV from Deep Trekker along with a certified surveyor. The internal HD camera accurately documents and records the condition of the hull markings, sea chests, inlets and discharges, rudders, pintles, sacrificial anodes, and propeller. The Deep Trekker DTG3 and REVOLUTION ROV systems can also be outfitted with a thickness gauge to test the thickness of the hull for a complete UWILD ROV inspection.

Why Deep Trekker for Shipping?

Avoid unnecessary down time in deploying a dive team or lifting out of water

Easily inspect areas too small for divers

270 degree camera rotation to quickly view the bottom of the hull

Optional side-facing cameras to reduce inspection time

Record all inspections with voice-over to SD Card

Sophisticated add-ons such as Thickness Gauge and Sonar

General and close visual inspections of hull

Submerged structures of a vessel need to be regularly evaluated for condition, fouling and security. These inspections are costly and time consuming using traditional methods; however, with a Deep Trekker ROV you can quickly and inspect check hulls, propellers, sea chests, intakes, and keels without drydocking or hiring a diver.

General and close visual inspections of hull

Maritime environments can often be difficult for clear visual due to high turbidity waters. Sonars are the most effective technology for getting a visual in these conditions. Deep Trekker ROVs and Utility Crawlers can be equipped with imaging sonars that allow you to identify problem areas over longer distances, even in murky water environments.

Steel thickness testing to evaluate corrosion

Part of proper vessel hull management planning, it is important to study the effects of corrosion. Not all corrosion is equal - it may require immediate repairs or result in postponing schedules. Optimize maintenance schedules by performing regular thickness testing using the ultrasonic gauge attachment on your Deep Trekker remotely operated vehicle.

If we lose a boat for half a day not knowing waiting for divers to show up, it can cost the public and economy a lot more. Yeah, it [the DTX2 ROV] definitely paid for itself already, and we’ve only had it operating for about five months.

Cotty Fay

Washington State Ferries

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