Rotterdam - The Port of Rotterdam Authority and North Sea Port, the cross-border port area between Belgium and the Netherlands, conducted tests this summer using an underwater robot that can inspect quays. North Sea Port conducted the tests in partnership with Asset Insight - a VolkerWessels company. Indian company Planys Technologies carried out the inspections. This start-up participated in last season’s PortXL acceleration programme in Rotterdam, and these tests were covered in various media.
Quay inspections are currently still carried out by divers. Deepsea shipping in the area then needs to be stopped for safety reasons. This is no longer necessary with the Planys Technologies innovative high-tech underwater robot. The robot, equipped with laser and sonar equipment as well as a high-resolution camera can also collect information faster, whatever the weather conditions.
Inspections with this robot are faster, cause less disruption and produce objective data. For instance, one of tests showed that current and murky water can influence data. Planys Technology aims to use these insights to improve the product. They are also developing a system to enable measured data to be consulted in a clear way - a combination that is unique in the market. The next exploration is currently being investigated, together with the Port of Rotterdam.