MINOAS

Marine inspection robotic assistant system: support to a large number of ship operators/owners in the use of the developed robotics platform

Time Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Start date: June 2009 
End date:  June 2012
RINA FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme)
Call: FP7-SST-RTD-1

Challenge

Reengineering of the overall vessel-inspection methodology, by introducing an innovative system concept that incorporates state of the art technologies, but at the same time formulates a new standardization of the overall inspection process.

Approach

Analysis and assessment of the tasks required during a vessel inspection, development of the corresponding system architecture and evaluation of the proposed scheme.
Verification, during the trials, that remotely operated robots can efficiently perform inspection tasks.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s FP7 collaborative project under Grant agreement No 233715.

Conclusion

MINOAS has developed a novel system that introduces new technological tools and standardizes the required methodologies for the vessel inspection, affecting significant financial costs related to the inspection / survey process, cost of vessel downtimes and man-hour costs due to the survey duration and the time needed for the vessel preparation.
The system provides also additional technological features to the existing procedures such as extensive recording of the acquired data, decision support tools for image feature extraction and automation properties to the use of the tools deployed.

Project Consortium

1 RINA SPA, the coordinator 2 DFKI 3 CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE 4 GLAFCOS MARINE Ltd 5 UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS 6 RIGEL ENGINEERING S.rl. 7 HORAMA, MARKETING & ENGINEERING SERVICES S.A. 8 LLOYD’S REGISTER EMEA 9 MARINE TECHNICAL GROUP – DOLPHIN PLC 10 SYROS’ SHIPBUILDING AND INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES S.A.

Alessia Vergine