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DNV GL announced that the classification society’s classed vessels are now able to utilise remote surveys for some inspections through its Veracity data platform.

High-tech a global project and maintenance consultancy RIMS (Robotics In Maintenance Strategies) got a boost as they seek to push forward the practical integration of drone technology in maritime surveying sphere with approval for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces from ClassNK.

Royal Boskalis Westminster has acquired UK subsea survey specialist Gardline Group.

Classification society DNV GL has carried out its first offshore drone survey of a Prosafe semisubmersible tender support vessel (TSV).

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued bunker survey licences to 51 companies, following the port authority’s new licensing requirements starting 1 January 2017.

Shanghai Shipyard has clinched orders to build two multipurpose survey vessels for two local geological survey centres.

Shipowners and managers expect that vessel operating costs, lead by crewing and repairs, will increase 2.9% in the next two years, according to a Moore Stephens survey.

Shipping adviser Moore Stephens has reported a fall in shipping confidence between May and August, with few expecting new investment or improvements in bulk and box freight rates over the next 12 months.

A survey by London shipping accountancy firm and consultancy Moore Stephens has found 55% of respondents predicted a damaging effect for the Scottish shipping and offshore sector if the country becomes independent from the UK.

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