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Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Torsten Kuhlen
Faculty / Institution:
Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Industrial Leadership
Project duration:
01.01.2020 to 31.12.2023
EU contribution:
9.952.745,63 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871260.  


Autonomous Robotic Inspection and Maintenance on Ship Hulls and Storage Tanks


The objective of BUGWRIGHT2 will be to bridge the gap between the current and desired capabilities of ship inspection and service robots by developing and demonstrating an adaptable autonomous robotic solution for servicing ship outer hulls. By combining the survey capabilities of autonomous Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) and small Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), with teams of magnetic-wheeled crawlers operating directly on the surface of the structure, the project inspection and cleaning system will be able to seamlessly merge the acquisition of a global overview of the structure with performing a detailed multi-robot visual and acoustic inspection of the structure, detecting corrosion patches or cleaning the surface as necessary – all of this with minimal user
intervention. The detailed information provided will be integrated into a real-time visualization
and decision-support user-interface taking advantage of virtual reality technologies. Although ships are the targetted application, BUGWRIGHT2 technology may be easily adapted to different structures assembled out of metal plates, and in particular to storage tanks, our secondary application domain.


  • Centre technique des industries mécaniques, France (Coordinator)
  • Universidade do Port, Portugal
  • Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
  • Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon, France
  • Universitätt Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet NTNU, Norway
  • Universität Trier, Germany
  • World Maritime University, Sweden
  • Lakeside Labs GmbH, Austria
  • ROBOPLANET, France
  • Blueye Robotics AS, Norway
  • Rina Services S.p.A., Italy
  • Glafcos Marine Epe, Greece
  • Apdl - Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixoes S.A., Portugal
  • Arsenal do Alfeite S.A., Portugal
  • Trondheim Havn IKS, Norway
  • In Extenso Innovation Croissance, France
  • Danaos Shipping Company Limited, Cyprus
  • Star Bulk Shipmanagement Co. (Cyprus) Ltd, Cyprus