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.
The Next HITS JIP Meeting will take place on the 27th March 2017 at TNO, Den Haag, Netherlands.
Please go to http://www.fpsoforum.com/upcoming.html for more information.
HITS JIP Meeting in France
The 11th meeting of the HITS JIP took place in St Cyr Sur Mer, South of France on Friday the 21st October.
The meeting was well attended by HITS Participants, invited guests and visiting speakers who made presentations on a number of topics including: Acoustic Imaging, Coating Integrity and Inspector Competence and Training e-learning module,
Lively talks ensued and a number of actions arose as a result of the discussions.
Thank you to Principia who hosted the event.
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".