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Port Inspections – Subsea ROV Use Case

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Australia's ports see 98% of the country's trade, making them a key part of the supply chain. Proper connections between Ports and the rest of the country reduce the cost of living for Australians and increase the competitiveness of our exports.

How Australia can use subsea ROVs

Every year, Australian ports handle over eight million containers, meaning a shutdown for any reason could be catastrophic. This number has increased 5x in the last 20 years.

To keep Australia's ports operating efficiently and cost effectively the infrastructure needs to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure minimal downtime due to unforeseen maintenance and repairs. Historically underwater asset inspections have been done by divers, this can be a high time, cost, and risk activity.

Benefits of using subsea ROVs

  • Using a subsea ROV removes the risks associated with confined space entry, which requires permits, planning and paperwork.

  • Following an ROV inspection, if remedial works are needed, the footage can be kept and drawn upon, which can help to inform better planning in the future. This can save time and costs in the long-term.

  • Ports can be inspected while operating, meaning inspections can happen more often and while ships are moving in and out.

  • Subsea ROVs can be equipped with a grabber, allowing samples to be taken from an area of interest.

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