Drones for the Maritime Industry


Airscope provides a growing number of applications in the maritime sector which significantly contribute to safety and risk management





Multiple Applications and Services

Airscope drone services offer class societies and marine surveyors the ability to physically examine ships and cargo.
Loss adjusters can benefit from our inspection flights with high resolution zoom cameras to assess damage to vessels and assess marine claims, while operators can assess the condition of assets, such as oil rigs, pipelines and offshore turbines.

Our drones at height can be employed to carry out inspections and help with any form of reporting required to assess the structural integrity of a vessel or to monitor the loading of cargo.

Precision Inspection and Survey

Airscope provides drone services for assessing structures such as piping, access points, equipment, and safety systems for coating condition, corrosion, and damage.

By using our UAV technology, surveyor safety is improved and survey times and staging costs associated with visual condition checks of remote structural components can be significantly reduced.

Inspections of ship tanks using our unmanned systems avoids high costs, time consuming, and potentially dangerous operations.

Drones used for inspections of cargo tanks and holds, where enclosed cargo holds many contain noxious gases avoids a risky task for crew. Easy and quick analysis determines the safety of tanks entry saving lives with just a matter of minutes of drone flight.

The Benefits of UAVs in Marine Survey/Shipping

  • optimize maintenance while increasing safety in operation
  • identify and forecast maintenance requirements prior to failure
  • reduce environmental impacts and operational costs
  • identify if human access and inspection is required
  • quick overview and evaluation of hard to reach areas
  • the highest level of precision and autonomy
  • Real-time data for fast analysis with built in measurement tools
  • fast, efficient, reliable and shareable data
  • preventive maintenance planning and optimized production
  • access to areas that pose health, safety and environmental risk to humans
  • Realtime high quality images and video.
    30X zoom capability provides sharp and detailed video and photographs of defects
  • quick on-site deployment
  • reduced downtime.

ROVs offer an easy, fast and effective way to perform hull inspections, dock inspections and virtually any task that requires immediate eyes under the water

Hull Inspsection

A vessel’s structural integrity, potential transferring of invasive species, or contraband smuggling demands periodic inspections of the vessel’s hull during transit and when entering port.

Our commercial grade ROVs provide an affordable, user-friendly way to perform marine surveys, ship inspections, and more without diver intervention.

ROVs offer an easy, fast and effective way to perform hull inspections, dock inspections and virtually any task that requires immediate eyes under the water.

Emergency hull inspections, nighttime inspections, ballast tank inspections, and marina checks are easily completed with Deep Trekker remotely operated vehicles. Boat, yacht or vessel owners now have a way to monitor the status of their hull without needing to dry dock it or send divers into unknown areas. This in turn gives them the opportunity to address any potential issues at the outset, avoiding higher repair costs and further damage to one’s hull. If an ROV boat inspection reveals any damage, you will know exactly where to send your repair team.

The ROV’s spherical shape and patented pitching system allows you to effortlessly maneuver it into tight spots. The internal battery power prevents the need for excessive cord management, which further simplifies the ROV’s operation. What’s more, the lack of the need for connectivity to a generator or topside box means you can deploy the ROV from anywhere on the vessel or docks — even in the most remote locations. In addition, we have several ROV attachments available, such as a thickness gauge, which allow you to see specific measurements about your vessel.

Using a camera on remote controlled underwater vehicles to perform hull inspections provides a cost-effective preventive maintenance step that can not only inspect current problems but also detect signs of minor hull damage before it can become a serious issue.
One of the biggest benefits of using a remote operated underwater drone can be the early detection of potentially destructive hull corrosion.

The Benefits of ROVs in Marine Survey/Shipping:

  • Avoid unnecessary down time in deploying a dive team or lifting out of water
  • Easily inspect areas too small for divers
  • 270 degree camera rotation to quickly view the bottom of the hull
  • Optional side-facing cameras to reduce inspection time
  • Record all inspections with voice-over to SD Card
  • Sophisticated add-ons such as Thickness Gauge and Sonar

Submersible Multi-function Vehicles

The Utility Crawler is the most versatile inspection vehicle of its kind.  The sleek, three-wheel submersible comes with a magnetic option, creating the ideal vehicle for an array of underwater work.  Compact for transportation and extremely portable, our Utility Crawlers have been designed to launch immediately for any location, and with the efficiency of internal batteries, they can provide up to 8 hours of work in a single 1.5 hour charge.

Able to work underwater up to 50m (164ft), all with live video streaming to the surface. The Utility Crawler is our tool for a multitude of remote inspections, with application-specific add-ons for photography, video, pressure washing, vacuuming, thickness testing, and more – both above and below the water.

Skidless steering and zero turning radius allow the utility crawler to maneuver in tight areas and tough surfaces. Rare earth magnets allow the drone to climb in almost any direction on ferrous materials.

The Utility Crawler is capable of Metal Thickness Testing using a Cygnus Thickness Gauge for areas of interest on ship hulls or structures to ensure their integrity.


  • Measures remaining metal thickness on corroded and coated structures
  • All measurements are error checked using 3 return echoes to give repeatable, reliable results
  • Accepted by all major classification societies
  • Greatly reduces inspection time and costs
  • Echo strength indicator to aid measurement.

Ideal Applications:

  • Tanks, Internal and External Inspections
  • Underwater Infrastructure Inspections
  • Vessel Hull and Ballast Tank Inspection