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Class News 26/2018

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New category introduced for Service Suppliers to be approved for Close-up Surveys using Remote Inspection Techniques.

30 November 2018

Applicability: Ships and Floating Offshore Units using Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) for close-up surveys

From 1 January 2019, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) requires a firm being used to provide Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) for Close-up Surveys to be approved as a Service Supplier.

LR’s  Procedures for the Approval of Service Suppliers have been updated to include the following new category - 'Firms Engaged in Surveys using Remote Inspection Techniques (RIT) as an Alternative Means for Close-up Survey of the Structure of Ships and Mobile Offshore Units’.

A Remote Inspection Technique (RIT) enables examination of any part of the structure without the need for direct physical access of the Surveyor, and may include the use of:

- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

- Drones

- Unmanned robot arms

- Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)

- Climbers and crawlers

- Other means acceptable to Lloyd’s Register

Firms performing Close-up Surveys using ‘Rope Access Technicians’ will also require approval in accordance with this new category of Service Supplier.

RIT firms wishing to undertake Thickness Measurements as well as Close-up Surveys will also require approval in accordance with the Service Supplier category of ‘Thickness Measurements on Ships and Mobile Offshore Units’.

For further information and advice about these requirements, contact your local LR office for further information or to apply for approval.

For further information contact richard.beckett@lr.org

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