VRT to Survey Underwater Structures for Groningen Seaports

Groningen Seaports has hired VRT Finland to conduct inspection of its underwater structures.

VRT will conduct the new port inspections at the end of January, covering extensively over 20 kilometers of underwater structures.

The structures in Delfzijl and Eemshaven ports will be surveyed with the multibeam technology from VRT.

With VRT’s inspections collecting data with a multibeam sonar and an unmanned survey vessel from both under and above water simultaneously, Groningen Seaports can obtain clear and detailed survey data without the inspections causing any downtime to the normal day-to-day operations, the company said.

VRT’s inspections are a basis for our maintenance. It is an economical way of mapping our entire area. We have chosen VRT because they can carry out both the inspections above and under water simultaneously”, said Henk Blaauw, manager Projects & Asset management, Groningen Seaports.

“On the basis of the results, we can also carry out further targeted inspections by divers, which provides us with a full picture of the existing situation,” Henk added.

The detailed 3D data delivered to Groningen Seaports through VRT BIM online-tool provides the port authority crucial information that is needed to support proactive asset integrity management.