18 Sep 2019
In the coming weeks, IADC will publish fourteen nominations in the running to receive the Safety Award 2019 on its website and social media. The winner will be announced on 17 October 2019.
IADC is proud to announce that the tenth nomination is:
Safer and flexible, the CSpect mini ROV replaces risky diving teams.
CSpect’s mini ROVs are faster, cheaper and more flexible than the mobilisation of a dive team. Diving is and will always be a risky operation. Diving fatalities have a major impact on the family left behind, loss of income, lost business, insurance premium increases and high litigation costs.
CSpect uses and co-engineers world-leading mini Remotely Operated Vehicle technology to deliver a safe and cost-effective solution compared to inspections performed with divers. Their mini ROVs, which are merely the size of a basketball, are used to visually inspect underwater structures such as marine warranty; in- and out-hire surveys; hull inspections on damages, fouling, bottom doors, spud cans; quay inspections; tank inspections; touchdown monitoring; oceanography, seabed inspections and oil spill monitoring; and fish farming cages surveys. In addition, underwater inspections in lieu of dry dock for pontoons and vessels provided with azimuth thrusters (vessels where no clearances of rudder and propulsion shaft bearings can be measured) can be carried out. This is a direct saving for the customer because dry-docking a vessel for inspection can be replaced by an in-water survey, which is much cheaper to perform.
The mini ROVs are equipped with a GPS positioning system and Low-Light High Definition cameras supported by a dimmable light system with a maximum intensity of 5000 lumens, which provides superb video footage of the inspected area. A stabilised camera system is controlled by an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), in contrast to a camera attached to the face mask of a diver which is subject to the movements inherent to a diver. In addition, the video and images taken are not disturbed by the air bubbles of the diver, eliminating cloudy images and video recordings.