Underwater hull inspections from a quay

Introduction to Fleet Cleaner

Fleet Cleaner develops and deploys robots for ship hull cleanings and hull inspections. We are an innovative technical company based in Delft. With our unique inspection robot we offer underwater inspections of the hull, available in all Dutch seaports. The Fleet Inspector robot takes underwater pictures of a hull, giving a complete overview of the fouling. From this overview, the robot is able to automatically calculate the added resistance and fuel costs due to fouling. By performing inspections with a robot there is no need for a diver to be in the water. This makes the operation save and efficient and allows for inspections to be performed 24/7 at all drafts.

Research objectives

The Fleet Inspector robot is usually deployed from a small boat, as can be seen in the figure above. It can be operated by a single operator. The robot is lifted in and out of the water by hand from the work deck. To improve the flexibility of the inspection service, it would be beneficial to be able to inspect directly from the quay. However, deploying and retrieving the robot from a quay several meters above the water poses a challenge. Therefore we are looking for interns who are interested in designing a portable system to deploy and retrieve the Fleet Inspector for a quay. The system should be suitable for operation by a single operator. We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic MSc, BSc or Applied Science (HBO) student, preferably with a background in maritime engineering, control engineering, robotics or related engineering fields. We offer the following:

  • 3-12 months thesis assignment or internship at Fleet Cleaner (in Delft)
  • Actual implementation and testing of your work in a real-world application
  • Working in an innovative company
  • Working together in a young, enthusiastic and multidisciplinary team
  • An appropriate internship allowance