Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has launched a new maintenance service for Boat Landing Systems (BLS). The new service is designed to identify degradation in BLS performance before it has the potential to cause damage to an offshore platform and a berthing vessel’s structural integrity, which can result in huge costs and downtime.
Often used for projects in remote locations, it’s imperative that a BLS is robust and reliable. Trelleborg’s new maintenance service includes an annual survey designed to check the BLS for cracks on the rubber surface, de-bonding, permanent deformation, and corrosion. With this analysis, Trelleborg can identify degradation in performance before it can become a problem for the platform.
“BLS come under general inspection during routine maintenance schedules of the entire platform, a task that is usually carried out by a maintenance contractor,” said J.P. Chia, engineering manager within Trelleborg’s engineered products operation. “However, if not surveyed accurately, cracks on the rubber surface of the Eccentric Bumper Ring (EBR), de-bonding of the rubber and pipe, deformation, and/or corrosion can go undetected, potentially resulting in costly remedial repair and even replacement of the BLS.”
“Offshore platform operators and contractors can reduce the degradation risks often associated with boat landing systems by working directly with an experienced product manufacturer,” Chia said. “By doing this, contractors and operators can be sure the BLS in situ is reliable, tailored to the demands they are likely to face, and importantly, perform for the long-term. After all, no one knows the product like a manufacturer.”
Trelleborg’s engineers will conduct the BLS maintenance survey on an annual basis to identify areas of weakness and potential wear-and-tear. From best practice design, manufacture and testing, to full in-life support, Trelleborg can help establish and implement a best practice maintenance regime tailored to BLS requirements. Trelleborg offers in-depth understanding about the product, ensuring that extra eye for detail, ideal during maintenance surveys. In addition, should the product need to be repaired or replaced, Trelleborg can supply the most suitable solution on a project-by-project basis.
Trelleborg’s engineered products operation designs, manufactures, and tests its BLS to the highest of standards. Based in the company’s laboratory for full-scale research and development is its test press — the largest in the world of its type, with a load capacity of 18,300 metric tons and weighing in at 600 tons.
Additionally, Trelleborg formulates unique polymers for each project’s shock cells in-house. Total transparency and an unrivaled understanding of materials technology is integral to every product.
For more information, go to trelleborg.tecs1.com/boatlandingsystems