- Project Dates: September 2005 - August 2008
- Project Leader: Professor Tony Roskilly (PI), Professor Eshan Mesbahi, Dr Rosemary Norman
- Sponsors: EU
- Partners: Graaltech, Ship Builders and Shiprepairers Association, TechnoVeritas, TEPAC, Polski Rejestr Statkoro, Robosoft, Carnival, Moscow State Technical University, Royal Thai Navy
This research project is developing a multi-purpose inspection and maintenance robotic platform with an advanced navigation system using Hall Effect and optical sensor technology for marine applications. The robotic platform will be able to be launched whenever the vessel is in port, at anchor or in drydock. The HISMAR system will offer the option of using targeted ‘plug-in’ modules to perform specific tasks, such as hull structural integrity monitoring or cleaning and waste recovery operations.
Whilst shipping is one of the cleanest forms of transportation, the fouling of ships reduces efficiency and increases the consumption of fuel burnt. Vessel safety has improved in recent years, however structural failures continue to occur. Therefore any system which is capable of continuously monitoring the integrity of the vessels hull will provide a valuable operational tool.