The shipping industry is an ancient and complex trade. According to statistics from relevant departments, 80% of global products closely related to our lives are transported through the seas as a result of the shipping industry. The safe transportation and efficient operation of ships require meticulous inspections and safety supervision to ensure their safe operation.
During the long-term voyage of the ship, some shellfish, algae, and corrosive spots will be latched toward the surface of the hull underwater. These marine attachments will increase the ship's navigation resistance and reduce its navigation speed, inevitably leading to higher fuel consumption. This increase in consumption will increase the operating costs of the ship, causing the speed of the ship to drop by 10% to 15%. Marine biofouling can also damage paint protection and accelerate corrosion within the ship.
To reduce navigation resistance and prolong the service life of the ship, it is necessary to regularly inspect, identify and remove the marine organisms on the bottom of the ship, but may prove difficult due to their strong adhesion on the surface of the hull. To complete such tasks in the past, divers were required to dive into the water and manually polish and clean it. While getting the job done, numerous problems such as high safety risks, low working efficiency, lack of cleaning effectiveness, and inability to observe, often prevail.
A ship's uptime depends on the performance and availability of onboard machinery. In harsh ocean conditions, it is more important than ever to be able to assess the condition of auxiliary vessels without dismantling the equipment. With the help of FIFISH Underwater Robots, shipbuilders, operators, and owners can drastically improve their underwater inspection capabilities with the ROV's dynamic inspection solutions and a myriad of professional add-ons to take on different tasks.
Underwater Hull Inspections to Optimize Vessel Performance
A large ship's extra compact solution
FIFISH Underwater ROVs can assist a majority of divers' traditional tasks to detect underwater hull damage, troubleshoot underwater equipment, identify rust and damage marks on hull equipment, the growth of barnacles, and much more. Furthermore, the FIFISH can perform meticulous inspections and cleaning operations around a large FIFISH Underwater ROVs can replace a majority of divers' traditional tasks to detect underwater hull damage, troubleshoot underwater equipment, identify rust and damage marks on hull equipment, the growth of barnacles, and much more. Furthermore, the FIFISH can perform meticulous inspections and cleaning operations around a large-sized hull. It adapts to complex underwater operating environments and fills the gap in the market for compact and deep-sea ship inspections.
FIFISH Underwater ROVs utilize the least amount of motors to achieve full omnidirectional underwater movements, delivering 360° rotations in any direction and angle of freedom from lateral and vertical movements to full rolls and flips. Equipped with an underwater high-definition camera system and a range of underwater hull inspection equipment, capable of monitoring the "health" and performance of the underwater hull surfaces, even across complex operating environments and different underwater conditions.
Portable and easy to carry
The weight of the whole machine is 5kg, and the inspectors can carry the industrial box to shuttle between the office docks at any time;
Safe and economical
Reduce the time cost of waiting for divers and the unpredictable cost of ship equipment loss expansion;
There is no need to worry about the safety of the launching personnel, and the launching deployment is more rapid and decisive, without waiting for external diving companies;
Instead of manual inspection and cleaning of the hull, the annual cost is saved by about 70%, and the efficiency of the hull operation is improved;
FIFISH Underwater ROVs bring the operators an ultra-high-definition camera system, which can photograph foreign objects on ship propellers in 4K image quality, and detect whether the propeller is broken or whether there is any trace of cracks. Without the need to send human divers down for inspections, it saves immense costs and ensures the safety of ship inspectors while helping to monitor the sailing status of ships in real-time. Equipped with distance and altitude locking sonars that can measure and adjust their position in real-time, the FIFISH reduces operational difficulty for ship operations and ship inspection work is much more efficient.
FIFISH Underwater ROVs have intelligent functions, such as their adaptive AR ruler measurement system and object locking system, that allow the operator to effectively complete their inspection tasks, from evaluating corrosion statuses and formulating maintenance plans, to conducting full-hull inspections and port check-ups.
The more capable, intelligent, and compact FIFISH Underwater ROV as a replacement to manual forms of ship inspections not only simplifies the overall process but greatly lowers the operational costs. With the cost of hiring divers being relatively high, as a result of their equipment and labour, the costs of switching to FIFISH ROVs can be saved by about 80%, which can truly increase your operational efficiency. Equipped with an Onshore Power Supply System (OPSS), that delivers prolonged dive times for the FIFISH, operators can achieve long-lasting and uninterrupted inspections deep below the sea.
FIFISH Underwater Robots can also assist with ship positioning and berthing, dock inspections, channel obstacle discharges, and port-related operations, provide operators and clear and in-depth underwater visuals of ships entering and berthing at ports, and shorten the average time length of such operational tasks.