Industry Opts Remote Surveys To Face New COVID-19 Outbreak Challenges


  • LISCR opts for RINA’s remote surveys on the rise amid COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Decision of LISCR to be shortly be followed by other Flag Administrations.
  • Remote surveys ensure operational continuity, protecting personnel from exposure to the virus, while also increasing efficiency.

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) opts to use RINA’s remote technology for inspections of Liberian flagged vessels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Safety4Sea.

Other flag administrations to follow

Shipowner d’Amico will take advantage of this facility in a pilot case on his fleet. It is anticipated that the decision of LISCR would shortly be followed by other Flag Administrations.


Alfonso Castillero, COO of LISCR said “The shipping industry is currently facing an unprecedented challenge and shoulders the responsibility of maintaining the flow of international trade during this crisis. To ensure operational continuity, it is vital that we remain flexible and adjust our procedures in a way that protects personnel from exposure to the virus, while also increasing efficiency.”

d’Amico Group

According to Salvatore d’Amico, fleet director at d’Amico Società di Navigazione and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Liberia, for the d’Amico Group, the top priority are

  • safety of crews, 
  • shore personnel and 
  • ship operations.

Face unprecedented challenges

Staying united 

Shipowners and all operators in the sector are now facing an unprecedented challenge. According to d’Amico, this situation can only be won by staying united and finding technologically advanced solutions to protect human life and to ensure the continuity of operations efficiently. 

d’Amico group expressed its satisfaction with the agreement between RINA and LISCR, one of the most important registers in the world. 

Remote inspection devices 

Remote inspection devices could replace or assist the attendance of surveyors. 


RINAS provides a sophisticated portable headset with camera complete with head-up display and a new smartphone app, in addition to remote inspections techniques such as drones, ROVs, etc.

Nello Sulfaro, CEO of RINA Services, said he was sure that this is the technology of the future. 

“I am pleased that RINA is in a position to maintain business continuity for our marine customers during this challenging time.”

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Source: Safety4Sea


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