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.
HITS JIP Meeting in Oslo
The 10th meeting of the HITS JIP took place on the 18th April in Oslo.
The meeting was well attended with representation from the HITS existing participants ABS, Bureau Veritas, Chevron, EM&I, SBM and Total. We were also pleased to welcome new participants Shell and DNVGL and returning participants from TuDelft.
Presentations were made showing the recent NoMan™ trials, which were conducted on an operating FPSO in the North Sea, and also on e-learning and acoustic imaging.
Attendees engaged in lively debate which resulted in some clear actions for the way forward.
Danny Constantinis, HITS Project Director, announced "EM&I are working closely with the Malaysian government representatives and the FPSO Research Forum management to sposor an event in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. This initiative will encourage the sharing of ideas and good practice in the FPSO and Floating Offshore installation industry globally".
HITS 3 - New Phase, New Participants
The objective of HITS 1 JIP was to identify the top 3 inspection challenges for floating asset hulls and this led to the development of the ODIN 'diverless' hull underwater inspection system.
The HITS 2 JIP went on to evaluate various methods for minimising man entry into confined spaces in hull inspections. A number of methods were considered, including high performance remote CCTV systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (or Drones), laser scanning and small ROVs.
The opportunity arose to trial the remote CCTV (NoMan) system and the small ROVs on an ultra deep water drillship in 2015 and successful class compliant inspections of water ballast tanks were carried out.
This success led to HITS 3, which will involve trials of the NoMan CCTV, laser scan and UAV system on water ballast and cargo oil tanks.
The HITS JIIP membership has grown again and we welcome Shell who have just joined and look forward to welcoming DNV GL and MODEC who have indicated their intent to become HITS participants.
Participants include ABS, Bureau Veritas, Chevron, EM&I, Lloyds Register, SBM and Total with guest attendances from many other organisations including Petrobras and BP.
6th HITS JIP Meeting in Houston October 2015
The 6th HITS JIP meeting took place at the FPSO Research Forum on the 9th October 2015, in Houston, USA.
It was an excellent attendance of more than twenty people, representing ABS, Bureau Veritas, DNVGL, Shell, Total, Chevron, SBM, Transocean, AVID, Pacific Drilling and EM&I.
The HITS 'NoMan' report was well received, as was the Competency Training Programme and updated Inspection Manual.
The HITS JIP has made significant progress into improving inspection techniques for Floating Offshore Installation Hulls for FPSOs, MODUs, FLNG and FSRU assets, for example, ODIN diverless underwater inspections in lieu of dry docking.
The HITS JIP is now focused on:
HITS JIP Meeting in Holland March 2015
The HITS 2 programme got of to a great start on the 26th March in Delft, Holland, with participants from all the major class societies (apologies from LR) and major operators including Chevron, Total, Shell, Petrobras, SBM, TU Delft and EM&I.
Highlights of the meeting were: full agreement on the ODIN™ success and requirement to develop ODIN cleaning and valve removal capability.
The programme for 2015 will now focus on 'NoMan' technology, with trials planned on a laid up FPSO in Rotterdam.
Significant progress will be made on Hull Inspector Competency Standards.
Danny Constantinis (HITS Project Director) said "It's very satisfying to see the continuing evolution of the HITS programme and the discussions with the participants for extending the programme to HITS 3 and beyond".