[Watch] Drones to Replace Surveyors in Hull Survey


DNV GL has conducted several tests to survey hull using drones.  The classification team based in Gdansk, Poland, conducted the tests in Remontowa Shipyard.

Drones can:

  • Reduce survey times and staging costs,
  • Improve safety for the Surveyors.

Survey Highlights:

  • The camera-equipped drone was used to visually evaluate structural components through video streamed to a tablet, which was also recorded for review and documentation purposes.
  • One surveyor operated the drone, while a second checked the video feed in real time.
  • Equipped with a powerful headlight, the drone was able to produce a video of sufficient quality for initial inspection purposes.
  • In the event any damage is detected, a traditional close-up survey may still be required.


Cezary Galinski, Manager of the DNV GL – Maritime classification flying squad based in Gdansk, said: “We have been looking at ways we could help our customers by accelerating the survey process.  Camera-equipped drones are now much more widely available and affordable and by using them for a first screening, we can identify areas that require closer inspection quickly and without extensive staging, which can be both costly and time-consuming.”

Check out the video featuring drones surveying the ship’s hull.

Disclaimer: This video is intended for informational purpose only.  This may not be construed as a news item or advice of any sort.  Please consult the experts in that field for the authenticity of the presentations.

SourceDNV GL


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