Equipment Solutions

MTL designs, manufactures and configures plant and equipment specifically to enable efficient tank inspections and repair whilst on-station and in production.

Ventilation, lighting, power distribution, fire and gas detection.

The Safe System of Work is aptly named. It is a fully integrated power distribution and ventilation system with inbuilt fire and gas detection, dampers and automatic shutdown. The executive automatic shutdown makes the system safer, as it does not rely on communication/human action.

To meet project needs, MTL have developed a range of Zone 1 and Zone 2 power and ventilation equipment which can support the full range of inspection and repair activities on all sizes of FPSO’s / FSU’s: ventilation supplies from 9,000m3/hr to 108,000 m3/hr and power supply provision to support a single hotwork site or up to 12 hotwork sites in a tank/space. In all equipment configurations, the ventilation and hotwork power supplies are automatically shutdown if an unsafe condition occurs.

The logic conditions, equipment status and alarms produced by the Safe System of Work can be relayed to the installation Central Control Room (CCR) via Wifi or wired ethernet.

Read more in our safe system of work case study.

Safe System of Work

Personnel logging, tank sentry relay system.

In order to free up a bed space and maximise productivity during a repair, MTL have developed a solution that replaces the additional communications control room person. This system could essentially be described as an electronically relayed T-card system, with a remote display screen in the CCR.

At the tank entrance there is a simple entry switchboard system which also provides a local display of who is inside the confined space. This entry board contains a PLC which relays the entry status signals to the CCR using wired or wireless ethernet.

Each time a switch is moved on the entry board, it is automatically relayed to the display board which shows who is in the tank and tallies the head count. The display board has battery backup so that in the event of power failure, the last screen shot is still displayed. The system can also be adapted to operate using swipe cards / proximity tokens.

Read more in our tank entry & exit case study.

Scaffolding systems, bespoke access platforms

custom build access platform The selection of the most suitable access method for executing repairs at height is dependent on the quantity of work to be carried out, the resource pool available and the nature of the tasks. Whilst it may be suitable to carry out some tasks using only rope access, more difficult scopes are made more efficient if stable work platforms can be provided. MTL have developed work platform designs in steel, GRP and using scaffold for a wide range of tank workscopes with great success.

Read more in our quick erect access system case study.

Welding, plasma cutting, trade tools and consumables.

For MTL managed repair projects, MTL supply all of the necessary equipment to execute the works offshore: welding and cutting plant, hand tools, construction aids, rigging equipment, welding consumables, welding gas, compressed air distribution, power distribution and extension cables. We also carry a stock of Classification Society approved ship repair plate in a range of sizes to suit the most likely urgent repair scopes.

Dehumidification, surface preparation, application.

When carrying out coating repairs MTL strive to ensure that the best quality repair is achieved. Every effort is taken to ensure that the surface is prepared to a high standard to ensure that coating repairs adhere properly and last. Our dehumidification system enables us to achieve the optimum environment for carrying out coating repairs while on station.

Read more in our dehumidification case study.