ABS Offers Guidance on UAVs for Marine, Offshore Industries


The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published a comprehensive set of best practices on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

ABS says the publication was developed through extensive marine and offshore trials and testing.

“UAVs provide a safer and more efficient platform for the next generation of surveys and inspections,” says Joseph Riva, vice president and chief surveyor of ABS.

The publication, “ABS Guidance Notes on Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” takes a two-pronged approach, laying out a certification scheme for UAV inspection service providers and outlining actionable advice on class surveys and non-class inspections.

Recognizing that UAV technology can be a powerful tool that makes surveys less intrusive and reduces work-related risks, ABS says it provides a path to using these new remote inspection tools to support class surveys. The guidance notes also illustrate how a platform for data collection and data integration can be leveraged to better understand an asset’s profile to enable more informed decisions.

“As we adopt more condition- and risk-based survey regimes, data from UAVs, wearables and sensors will play an increasingly important role,” adds Howard Fireman, chief technology officer of ABS.

The guidance notes can be downloaded here.

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