FOLLOWING its successful application for a patent in the USA last year, EM&I – the international asset integrity specialists – have just been granted more prestigious patents for their ODIN diverless UWILD (Under Water Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking) and valve inspection & repair technology, in the UK & Australia
This technology has already been proved on numerous projects throughout the world on FPSOs, Drillships and Semi Submersibles, and other offshore assets over the last 5 years and has helped to revolutionise essential periodic surveys and maintenance which can now be carried out while the vessels are on station, on hire, and in operation.
Being diverless ODIN is much less sensitive to sea state and work can be carried out quickly and simply by a 3-4-man team. This has typically produced savings of over 50% and POB reductions of 70% which enhances safety and reduced carbon emissions.
Commenting on the awards of additional prestigious patents in the UK & Australia, Danny Constantinis (Executive Chairman) of the EM&I Group said:
“Being able to carry out essential work with much fewer people is especially important as we move more and more towards robotic and remote inspections.
The current pandemic has added extra impetus to ODIN based solutions and explains why EM&I are delivering multiple ODIN inspection and repair projects in Brasil alone. We continue to invest in new technologies in asset integrity driven by our leadership of the HITS (Hull Inspection Techniques & Strategy) JIP working with the FPSO Global Research Forum.”