MOL inspects coal carrier with aerial drones

Test conducted in the cargo hold and ballast tank while the vessel was in service.

MOL inspects coal carrier with aerial drones

Test conducted in the cargo hold and ballast tank while the vessel was in service.

MOL inspects coal carrier with aerial drones

Test conducted in the cargo hold and ballast tank while the vessel was in service.

 
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) said Thursday it had participated in the successful testing of aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service.
    Also participating in the test were Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Hitachi Systems Ltd. and Mitsui Co. Ltd.
    The test included a simulated ship inspection inside the cargo hold and ballast tank using video shot from an aerial drone. MOL said the test verified the effectiveness of using drones to monitor rust, corrosion and the presence of cracks.
    Traditionally, maintenance and inspection work is conducted by assembling scaffolds during dry docking. The use of drones is expected to contribute to improved operational safety and efficiency, MOL said.
The fear of U.S. tariffs pushed short-term demand and air freight rates in the transpacific this peak season, but rates have also been remarkably strong in the transatlantic and Europe-to-Asia routes this year.
Spot container rates from Shanghai to the U.S. West Coast stood at $1,895 per FEU as of Jan. 11, while rates from Shanghai to the U.S. East Coast totaled $3,040 per FEU, down 2 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, from a week prior, according to the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.
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