Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K LINE) and Japanese firm Technos Mihara are set to launch a ship hull inspection and maintenance development project.
The project will adopt a new hull inspection and maintenance method using a drone and image analysis system.
K LINE noted that the company found an improvement in ship hull inspection accuracy after carrying out multiple on-site trials with aerial and underwater drones.
Technos Mihara provides technology for drone operation and image analysation.
K LINE said in a statement: “K LINE has been maintaining the finest quality of our fleet under a unique ship management policy named KL-QUALITY, designed as a high-level and systematic ship inspection programme by a dedicated team consisting of professional superintendents.
“However, we have continued having difficulty for a long time in the inspection of ship parts that are hard to access such as the top side of cargo hold, ship hull under water, etc.”
The companies have now reached a mutual agreement for the development of a new system for ship hull inspection and maintenance.
As part of the agreement, Technos Mihara’s drone and digital image analysis technology will be integrated with the accumulated expertise and know-how of K LINE’s ship management.
K Line’s fleet includes dry cargo ships, container vessels, liquefied natural gas carriers, Ro-Ro ships, tankers, and container terminals.
Last month, the company established its new department known as ‘AI/Digitalization Promotion Division’ to introduce new technology and improve its transportation services.