Hull Inspection Techniques & Strategy (HITS) Joint Industry Project

EM&I have led many Industry initiatives ranging from the International SeaTrade award for safety innovations through to awards for maximising skills transfers to increase the local content in various countries in which they operate.
The HITS JIP is an international initiative targeted at improving the way the Industry manages the integrity of marine structures such as FPSOs, drillships, FSRUs, FLNGs, accommodation barges and other floating offshore assets.
HITS was conceived at the International FPSO Forum in Monaco in 2010 and formally launched at the Houston FPSO Forum in 2011.
HITS is widely supported by Operators, Regulators, Classification Societies and Service Providers and has successfully delivered a number of industry innovations and guidance related to improving hull inspection.

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The Next HITS JIP Meeting will take place on the 12th  April 2018 at the FPSO Forum in Cumbria, UK, and hosted by EM&I.

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HITS JIP Meeting in Galveston, USA

October 2017

The 39th FPSO Research Forum JIP week was held in Galveston, USA from the 2nd - 6th October 2017 which included the HITS JIP mid-year meeting.

The HITS JIP, now in its fourth phase, is increasingly being recognised as one of the leading events, with 23 attendees, including new representation from ExxonMobil and Petrobras.

Interesting presentations were made by James Henton of Lloyds Register who shared their experience of UAV trials and shone much light on the reasons for structural thickness measurements for an LR perspective.

The participants had a hands-on opportunity to try out the prototype web based Hull Inspector Competency training and certification software developed by EM&I and based on the HITS syllabus emanating from a number of work groups that involved the major class societies.

An interesting presentation was made by Appellix, a company who have developed tethered drones and which may have an application for tank inspections.

Reports on tank cleaning standards and an update on other studies on coating and thickness measurement methods were also presented by Ray Caldwell, noting that these were on target for completion by December 2017 and issue in early 2018.

The financial report presented by Danny Constantinis indicating that HITS was operating within budget and had the finances to carry out some site trials in 2018 that had been deferred in 2017.

EM&I are now developing a scope and budget for 2018 and 2019 where a lot of the focus will be on site trials of remote tank inspections and in particular the challenges of taking remote thickness measurements.

HITS is now widely recognised as a successful and long running JIP and will feature strongly in the next FPSO forum, the 40th anniversary of the event, which will be hosted by EM&I at their Cumbria R&D centre.