Owners and operators of shipping fleets can now better control their drydocking costs with a new digital tool developed by AkzoNobel
Known as DryDoQ Insights
, it closely predicts the condition of a vessel's underwater hull without the need for visual inspection. Using data analytics, it has a unique capacity to build a complete picture of the corrosion and fouling on the surface – helping to improve maintenance planning and increase efficiency.
The technology has been launched as a minimal viable product to one of the world's largest fleet operators, who will carry out testing and provide continuous feedback so that further developments and improvements can be made. The system is simultaneously also available to the wider market.
"As a premium solution and service provider for the shipping industry, we're always looking for ways to give our customers a competitive edge," said Michael Hindmarsh, the AkzoNobel Incubator Lead for the UK. "DryDoQ Insights enables vessel owners to make more informed decisions about upcoming drydocking requirements, which in turn will help them to better control their maintenance costs."
The new tool makes its predictions based on proprietary data enriched with multiple external data sources. It highlights specific areas for consideration, taking into account the specific vessel type, trading pattern and previous dry-docking events.