Immediate results of implementing the MINOAS platform to the traditional inspection procedures (i.e. the objectives of the project), will be
1.Minimization of the downtime related to the preparation of the inspection procedures due to the parallel deployment of the robotic platforms utilized.
While in traditional inspection procedures, the preparation before obtaining the measurements is to scratch off the rust and then perform and Ultra sonic Thickness Measurement (UTM) starting from the bow and carrying out to the stern of the vessel, with the use of MINOAS these tasks will take place in parallel with a swarm of properly equipped robot - i.e. the robots operate in couples; first goes the robot equipped with a brush to wash out the rust remaining on the surface of the metallic surface and then follows the robot equipped with the UTM tool. The advanced locomotion abilities of the robots enable their operation in every compartment of the vessel, in parallel without the need to start from an isolated compartment and then going on to the next.
2.The utilization of robots to "prepare the ground" and obtain measurements in a form of images and video, will produce a more expedite inspection procedure, as the surveyor is relieved from the burden of covering long distances at the stage of visual survey of the vessel.
The inspector will be forced to perform "on-site" evaluation only in isolated or difficult to conclude situations, in which case the points of human intervention are known beforehand and limited.
3.The withdrawal of human personnel from hazardous areas, as there is no need for the surveyor to enter the hold or climb on staging with large height. These tasks will be mostly performed (except for those cases where human presence is absolutely required) by the fleet of robots.
4.A more systematic inspection methodology that will lead to minimization of the inspection time with enhanced quality. The inspection procedures will not only be facilitated by the way the measurements are extracted, but also by the available means for their collection, post processing and evaluation.
5.The incorporation of advanced technological means will abolish the need for extensive staging and other temporary arrangements traditionally required, thus minimizing the costs of the overall inspection procedure.
6.The modularity of the platform proposed by the MINOAS will reduce the overall inspection cost for a specific vessel as it provides a repeatability property to the inspection. The same platform may be adopted either by the ship-owner to facilitate the evaluation inspections or by the infrastructure (shipyard) to perform similar inspections to different types of vessels.
7.The increase of the inspection quality, which will increase the safe operating conditions of the vessels and prolong their life-cycle.
The formulation of the vessel's own technical annals (the outcomes of the inspection will be readily recorded to a database) will be a valuable aid for future inspections and will provide a tool to estimating future damages.
8.The minimization of trade costs due to the vessels increased lifecycle and operational time
9.The increase of the environmental protection through the elevation of the inspection quality