The methodologies in performing subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) services are ever evolving, with new and innovative technologies rapidly advancing the capabilities of what is possible in the underwater domain.
By Richard Knox, Managing Director, Verlume
By Ian Lawson, Naval Architect, Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.
Buoys equipped with hydrophones and acoustic recorders are used to evaluate the level of underwater noise on offshore wind farms. In recent years, the presence of certain species of marine mammal during offshore infrastructure works (pile driving, drilling, etc.) has been a major environmental concern.
The ocean sector is rapidly evolving as green energy demand fuels incredible growth in offshore wind. It is becoming evident that the technologies and methodologies historically used in the offshore industry to monitor and maintain assets must also evolve to address new inspection challenges and tighter cost constraints.