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Marine Inspection Robotic Assistant System

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The heterogeneous, multi-modal MINOAS robot fleet will be able to cover most sections of a standard vessel, including both on board and overboard regions. In particular in regions that are difficult to access (e.g. in tall cargo holds or on the ship hull), the robots provide the inspectors with advanced remote perception and handling capabilities. Among others, this will reduce the need for costly supporting measures (e.g. scaffolding to access large cargo holds) and increase workplace safety for the inspectors.

By introducing robots for the inspection, multiple inspection processes can be executed in parallel. This speeds up the overall inspection process, which today often is performed on a section-by-section basis through a single inspector.

In summary, the main objectives of MINOAS are a.) to use robots to provide better access to those sections of a marine vessel that are difficult to reach for human inspectors (both above- and underwater), b.) to collect, integrate, and analyze the data gathered by a multi- disciplinary robot fleet in a central command center, c.) to record the overall inspection process for future reference and the identification of potential deficiencies.


RINA, IT (coordinator); Glafcos Marine, GR; Lloyd’s Register, UK; Neorion Shipyards, GR; MTG-Dolphin Shipyards, BG; Rigel Engineering, I; Universitat de les Illes Balears, E; CNR-ISSIA, IT;


EU - European Union

FP7 Sustainable Surface Transport

EU - European Union

Publications about the project

Markus Eich; Francisco Bonnin; Emilio Garcia; Alberto Ortiz; Gabriele Bruzzone; Yannis Koveos; Frank Kirchner

In: Journal of Field Robotics, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

To the publication

Kristin Fondahl; Markus Eich; Johannes Wollenberg; Frank Kirchner

In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries. International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT-2012), April 16-18, Líege, Belgium, 4/2012.

To the publication

Markus Eich; Thomas Vögele

In: Proceedings of the 19th Mediterranean Conference of Control and Automation. Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED-2011), 19th, June 20-23, Corfu, Greece, Pages 1200-1205, ISBN 978-1-4577-0123-8, 6/2011.

To the publication