AkzoNobel, DroneOps and Barrier Group are teaming up to develop a drone capable to inspect enclosed spaces.
According to AkzoNobel, the project will include virtual reality technology to provide more accurate evaluations of infrastructure and marine structures.
“Surveys of enclosed spaces and ballast water tanks are an essential part of routine maintenance and are increasingly critical for ship owners,” states Michael Hindmarsh, business development manager at AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business. “Inspecting these areas thoroughly can require working at height, entering confined spaces and negotiating slippery surfaces that could be poorly lit – all of which are high-risk activities that the maritime industry is keen to address.”
The new drone will go through several trials at the U.K. The aircraft's completion and launch is planned for October.