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Thursday, February 28, 2019 

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-LINE) has instigated a project to assess the use of drone and image analysis technologies for ship hull inspection and maintenance. K-Line and Technos Mihara Corporation will jointly develop a ship inspection programme capable of assessing all ship parts.

It is currently difficulty for drone technology to inspect parts of ships that are hard to access, such as the top side of cargo hold, ship hull under water, etc. As a result of multiple on-site trials with aerial and underwater drones with Technos Mihara, which has sophisticated technology for drone operation and image analyzation, K-LINE found notable improvement in the accuracy of such inspections.

Under unique ship management policy named KL-QUALITY, the companies designed a high-level and systematic ship inspection programme which has already improved efficiency and safety of the inspections by using these drones.

K-LINE and Technos Mihara will now proceed to the next step and have reached a mutual agreement to develop a new system for ship hull inspection and maintenance through integration between drone and digital image analysis technology.

K-LINE has set up a new department, AI/Digitalization Promotion Division, aimed at introducing new technology to its services.

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