Inuktun in the Marine Industry
Like any modern industry, the marine transportation sector continues to realize significant value from a focus on energy and cost efficiency, environmental standards compliance, and best operating practices.
When it comes to inspection and cleaning of marine assets and infrastructure like ships, pilings and retaining walls, Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) technology rises to the most complex marine industry challenges. In the air or underwater, our crawler vehicles can be reconfigured to outperform other purpose-built marine robots. Take ship hulls as an example. Our magnetic crawler systems can be used for assessing structural conditions without dry docking or the need for specialty personnel, locating local hull damage and corrosion, or identifying marine growth and invasive species; our IM3™ workhorses travel above or below the waterline for comprehensive inspection and/or cleaning of the entire vessel structure.
Marine Product Spotlight
Based on our decades of problem-solving, project development and partnership across the marine industry, Inuktun has designed, engineered and adapted numerous products and specialty systems to help get the job done. Some are purpose-built for the challenges and requirements of the marine sector. Others are the workhorses you count on every day, to do what people can’t manage, or shouldn’t attempt. Click on the images below for detailed information and specifications about each featured product.
No Man Overboard
No Man Overboard, a white paper sponsored by Inuktun Services Ltd., provides the full story and the straight goods on breakthrough robotics applications for vessel operators — supported by facts, figures and key insights. Find out how industry leaders in the marine transportation sector are making the most of high-tech innovation!
Lower operating expenses
Reduce costly delays and downtime
We are talking HUGE savings in time and cash.
— N. Stark, Former Port CEO
You've heard of swimming ROVs... how about one that treads water?
Like most of our miniature magnetic crawlers, the MicroMag™ operates in air or underwater to depths over 30 metres (100 feet) on vertical, horizontal and inverted plans…even at the water line. It comes standard with a Spectrum 45™ pan and tilt video camera, but it can be easily outfitted with NDT sensors, cleaning brushes, or water jet tools.
And for detailed visual inspections and thickness measurements on ship hulls and almost any steel infrastructure, Inuktun's MaggUT™ - Marine offers ultrasonic testing (UT) with remote visual inspection (RVI) in a portable and powerful vehicle. Check out this miniature magnetic crawler that operates in air, underwater - even in between.
Compare Diver versus Crawler
Which is the cost-effective choice for ship hull maintenance, inspection and cleaning in the water — bringing the diver-technicians aboard, or tossing an amphibious robot over the side?
Flying in an expert diving team by helicopter typically requires upwards of 24 hours’ lead time, and each 2-3 day job represents an expense of tens of thousands of dollars. Plus, human risk factors run high in hostile marine environments, especially at the waterline or when working with AC equipment.
Self-run assessments, on the other hand, enable optimal maintenance scheduling, minimizing downtime and delays. In terms of expense, a fully equipped MicroMag™ crawler with a 5-year lifespan carries a cost roughly equivalent to two routine hull cleanings. Factor in zero requirement for airlifting, maritime support vessels, or humans in or under the water, and liability is drastically reduced. Divers will always have an important role in the marine industry, but our adaptable robotic systems are demonstrating their value when it comes to safety, economy, and the ability to operate continuously.
HUMAN DIVER VERSUS HULL CLEANING ROBOTIC CRAWLER — WHICH CAN SAVE THE MOST TIME, COST & RISK FOR MARINE OPERATORS?