Deep Trekker has released a guide on how to perform successful Underwater Inspection In-Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD), covering topics such as an inspection checklist, the importance of being UWILD certified, and more.
UWILD also known as Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Dry-Docking is an arguably safer and more efficient alternative to the more conventional dry-docking method of marine vessel inspection. UWILD inspections entail inspecting the submerged part of the vessel.
Although thickness testing is not required for all UWILDs, the surveyor is very likely to request this data when an area of suspicion is located. The video above shows Deep Trekker’s DTG3 equipped with a thickness gauge to perform these measurements.
The modular design of Deep Trekker ROVs allow users to conveniently add tools for enhancing inspections. Sonar options provide clear pictures for accurate inspections regardless of water turbidity. Using the Cygnus thickness gauge integration, operators can evaluate the thickness of ship hull’s and compartments to determine structural integrity. Finally, the laser scaler adds value by helping users estimate the size of any cracks, dents or defects.
Deep Trekker’s article UWILD Best Practices covers:
- What is Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Dry-Docking?
- The Importance of being UWILD Certified
- HIMP Program & ABS Certification
- Inspection Checklist
- Why are UWILD Inspections Useful?
- Underwater Inspection in Lieu of Dry Docking with ROVs