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 during the week of 2nd - 6th October 2017 at the FPSO Forum in Galveston, USA.
Please go to http://www.fpsoforum.com/upcoming.html for more information.
HITS JIP Meeting in Holland
The six-monthly HITS meeting took place at the 38th FPSO Forum in Den Haag on the 27th March.
Attendance by representatives of the Joint Industry Project (JIP) participants included: Chevron, Shell, Total, SBM, ABS, Bureau Veritas and Lloyds Register who were fully engaged with the progress made in HITS 3 and the plans for HITS 4 and HITS 5.
The meeting reviewed the final report of the HITS 3 (2016) work and discussed further developments to be carried out in HITS 4 (2017).
Danny Constantinis said "I was particularly pleased with the commitment shown by participants from operators and class societies to the JIP, as we addressed the urgent need to ensure that no man entry into confined spaces on assets becomes normal working practice. I am excited by the upcoming trials of this new technology on the Kikeh FPSO in the next few months and believe it will move the objective of no man entry forward.