SRC Group AS is accomplished SPS Technology installation partner with numerous successful projects across two decades. The technology delivers cost and time savings, enhanced protection and safety, as well as improved environmental sustainability. In this article, we explain how to use this technology in maritime and offshore sector.
SPS is a structural composite material comprising two metal plates bonded with a solid polyurethane elastomer core.
Approved by major regulatory authorities, it’s used in a wide variety of civil, offshore, maritime and special applications including repair of offshore structures and maritime vessels.
The technology is much simpler than stiffened steel plate and much lighter, slimmer and faster to erect than reinforced concrete. It is patent protected and has a low carbon footprint and is 100% reusable/recyclable.
“In Marine & Offshore, SPST eliminates the need to crop out existing steel. Existing structure is retained and reinforced with a new steel plate and polyurethane core resulting in a stronger, flatter surface. This makes reduced repair times possible; often without taking vessels out of service,” said Vadim Ladkin, Chief Commercial Officer & Member of Board, SRC Group AS
“In shipbuilding, SPS allows simplified, more robust structures with less welding, labour and material required. The reduction in fatigue and corrosion prone details increase service life and reduces maintenance costs,” he added.
Marine applications include hatch covers, tank tops, vehicle decks and citadel access protection doors. Offshore applications include pontoon reinstatement on semi-submersibles; side impact protection on FPSOs; strengthening helidecks, pipe decks and landing areas; deck reinstatement on all platforms; blast walls; OSV decks reinstatement; dropped object protection solutions; and jack-up spudcan reinforcement.
“SRC Group AS are an accomplished multi-skilled global business unit that remain flexible to their clients’ needs,” said Ian Nash, Business Manager of SPS Technology. “Versatile, conscientious and highly motivated to deliver only the highest standards, make them the perfect partner for SPST.”
“The team are exceptional communicators and experienced in liaison with national and international organisations, displaying tact and diplomacy by being sensitive to the clients’ needs. A great company ethos mixed with hard work is the perfect combination," he added.
SRC Group AS are the most experienced SPST installation partner, building a large portfolio of successful SPS projects spanning across two decades. We selected three, we are some we are very proud of.
Queen Mary 2
Owner: Carnival Cruises
Class: Lloyd’s Register
Date: October 2017 & September 2018
With SPS licensee, SRC Group, an SPS project for Carnival Cruises on board the Queen Mary 2 was completed in September 2018. It follows on from a similar project October 2017. Both projects were undertaken during a scheduled cruise between New York and Southampton. Two areas, 48m² and 88m² were reinstated tween deck 8 and deck A. The repairs were inspected and approved by Lloyd’s Register on both sides of the Atlantic!
“The team was able to complete the repair under challenging circumstances whilst the vessel was in-service. In order not to impact on our guests’ cruise experience, restrictions were placed on when works could be undertaken which the team worked around, delivering the project on time with minimal disruption,” said Andrew Manzies, Deck & Safety, Carnival UK.
Owner: Princess Cruise Line Ltd
Yard: Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore
Date: June 2018
62sqm on deck 14 (ventilation room) was reinstated using SPS. Pipework etc made access challenging. Project completed on time according to Schedule.
Pride of York & Pride of Bruges
Owner: P&O North Sea
Class: Lloyd’s Register
Date: January and February 2019
Pride of York project was carried out at Damen Shipyard. 58m² reinstated across Decks E&F, plus 17m² on bulkhead of water ballast tank. In Pride of Bruges, 55m² deck was reinstated whilst still in service between Hull and Rottterdam.
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Europe’s leading shipbuilders have announced plans to resume operations after more than two months of disruptions. During the peak of the coronavirus, shipbuilders in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany were forced to suspend operations.
After some months of reduced or no activity in Chantiers de l'Atlantique, France the shipyard has announced that all production activities and other functions such as the design office have begun operating on May 11, although some people may continue to work from home.
Another French large company, Naval Group has introduced series of measures to protect the health and safety of its employees and partners. This includes work in separate teams, the redesign of workspaces to respect a distance between people, and the wearing of masks for operations in confined spaces. The ramp-up of activity will be gradual and will respect the recommendations of the authorities in the framework of national solidarity.
Italy shipbuilder Fincantieri has reopened its facilities since April 22. The firm was shut down on March 16 after talks with unions as the virus swept through Italy. The work in Fincantieri is expected to continue in full by the end of May or the beginning of June.
In the meantime, safety precautions will be taken, including staggered entrances to the yards for staff, obligatory masks and gloves at work, temperature checks at entrances to spot fever sufferers and in-house medical staff. Each staff member will be given a packet of 20 masks per week so they can change them multiple times during each day.
Damen Shipyards (Neatherlands, Poland, Romania, Norway, Sweden and France) has responded to coronavirus in a number of ways and has remained open for business. The measures the company has taken include requesting personnel to work from home, wherever possible. Where this is not possible, for example, in the case of production staff, they are arranging shifts and taking other steps to reduce contact to a minimum. Company is also arranging repatriation of our personnel currently working outside their home countries.
Various measures are taken in Meyer (Germany, Finland) shipyards in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus on the shipyard sites including obligation to wear mouth and nose masks in certain areas, updating daily contact list, query before entering the shipyard, avoiding gatherings of people, keeping distance, etc.
Shipbuilding company MV Werften, with operations in Wismar, Rostock, and Stralsund, Germany, suspended operations in late March and is now targeted early May to resume operations if supply chains are again functioning.
In Spain, Navantia has started some activities at some yards while cleaning efforts are underway at other facilities. Company reduced its activities at the shipyards to the minimum that can be done with enough safety measures, it was not a complete stop but the activity is very limited and very controlled.
While the return to work is a positive development, shipyards are facing high levels of uncertainty. With the cruise lines facing significant financial challenges and commercial shippers dealing with greatly reduced levels of activity, new construction orders have largely ceased. There is also speculation that the cruise lines will seek to delay, cancel or possibly sell some of their current orders creating additional challenges for the shipbuilding industry as it seeks to recover from the disruptions caused by the spread of COVID-19.