Using ROVs for Ports and Marinas

It's necessary to perform frequent inspections on the harbor to ensure that moorings and other constructions are intact. Usually, divers are used to performing these inspections, but if the job is simply to inspect it's more effective to do the same job with underwater drones.

If the inspection reveals a job, a mooring that needs replacement or similar, it's better for both the diver and the harbor owner to prepare for this in advance.

Check the condition on infrastructure with underwater drones

Ports and marinas are frequently visited by both leisure boats and larger vessels that carry both people and heavy load. Facilitation and management of these infrastructures is an important task to ensure that the traffic runs as normal.

Harbors are naturally close to the water and are constantly exposed to the forces of the sea. Saltwater and harsh weather are tearing moorings and other structures. With underwater drones, port owners can perform frequent inspections of the state of the port, but also assist vessels that suspect damage or other problems below the surface.

With the underwater drones we're able to go out and perform inspections within an hour. This saves us both time and cost. -Trondheim Port Authority

The underwater drone on the harbor
Blueye Pioneer on the dockside Photo: Blueye Robotics

Reducing time and HSE risk

Port owners are well familiar with the use of divers for different underwater missions. Using divers is often time consuming and expensive, but some times very necessary. When ports need help from divers, it's very effective to be able to document what job that needs to be done in advance but also being able to inspect that the job is done properly afterwards. Better planning saves both the customer and the diver time spent per job.

Underwater drone footage
Inspecting a mooring Photo: Blueye Robotics

Share your underwater inspection on external screens with the Blueye Observer app

Sharing inspections with colleagues or other expertise onshore is easy. Multiple spectators can download and use the Blueye Observer App on their device or you can share your screen directly to a larger, external monitor.

Trondheim Port Authority and Blueye
Trondheim Port Authority and Knut from Blueye inspecting moorings with the Blueye Pioneer underwater drone Photo: Blueye Robotics

The Blueye Observer App app is available for both iOS and Android units. After downloading, connect to the same WiFi network as the drone, launch the app and you'll see the same video stream on multiple devices. It's also possible to share live video feed on larger monitors. Connect the device running the Blueye Dive Buddy and the monitor with an HDMI cable or a custom docking station. By doing so you'll have a nice setup for multiple viewers.

Smooth data processing

The record function on the underwater drone enables you to document inspections. After finishing up the inspection, you can easily transfer your files to a smartphone, tablet or a PC using the Blueye app or the Blueye File Transfer.

Inchcape Shipping Services inspecting a vessel
Inchcape Shipping Services inspecting a vessel in Port Kembla Photo: Blueye Robotics

Benefits of using underwater drones for port inspections

  • Portable and suitable for easy handling
  • Frictionless deployment
  • Unique design with powerful thrusters enables easy maneuvering
  • Minimum training required
  • Auto depth and auto heading stabilizing functions
  • Full HD camera and video recording
  • Minimal maintenance
  • 3300 lumen LED lights

Do you want more information? Contact one of the Blueye team members today!

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