The importance of a holistic view to maximise operational life for oil and gas marine hoses

IMG 20180618 094634DOver recent years the oil and gas sector has been hit harder than most by the global crisis and the sharp drop in oil prices

Many companies have been affected by this difficult trading environment that has called for a change in strategy both for capital expenditure and operating costs. This new way of thinking has allowed forward thinking companies such as Marsol International to find new opportunities and improve its services.

Marsol has introduced an innovative solution for a more effective and efficient hose assembly system that generates considerable savings on changeout time and cost. The new system allows overall faster management time and ensures long-term, cost-effective functionality of the terminal facility and assets, reducing risks while optimising the client’s assets and resources.

“Our new hose launch system is an overall upgrade to ensure reliability and maintenance of the marine hoses,” Mike Young, director of Marsol International explained. “It is aimed at reducing degradation problems that arise over time. We are now in a position to grant the customer a complete line of hose management service.”

At a recent seminar at the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort and Spa in Fujairah, Marsol were able to showcase their latest product to major oil and gas companies, EPCs and end-users, as well as hosting a site demonstration. The company unveiled the new hose assembly and launch system and answered questions and provided information about the services they offer.

Hose Management services

Oil and gas marine hoses are the main conduits for offshore product transfer. These critical components constitute a major investment, often with long lead times, and are the most vulnerable link in the distribution chain. These hoses are exposed to harsh environmental and operating conditions, operating to high levels of availability, yet must comply with exacting quality, health, safety, and environment (QHSE) standards. Oil leaks, reduced reliability, reduced asset integrity and unplanned shutdowns, constitute major QHSE, reputation and economic impacts for the asset- owner, all other stakeholders and the environment.

The Marsol Hose Management Service is structured specifically to avoid such shutdowns, improve reliability and asset availability while focusing on maximising efficiency and minimising operational costs. “Our proven operational engineering capabilities and experience combined with our proprietary ASIM Programmes is the foundation of our hose management initiative,” Young added. The service consists of hose inventory management, hose integrity management, and hose changeout.

Hose inventory management minimises operational and production interruptions and eliminates stockpiles of discarded hoses on site. The service contributes towards warranty extension programs from Marsol’s OEM Alliance Partners.

Hose integrity management focuses on site-specific hose design recommendations based on environmental and operational conditions and reduces the risk of hose failure, which improves life extension. Data acquisition and integrity analysis modules enhance the solution, providing real-time monitoring and accurate predictive life modelling.

Hose changeout is a necessity to comply with Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) guidelines. Hoses may also need to be replaced when damaged, or due to extreme events. The service reduces QHSE risks by using proven methodologies, qualified and experienced personnel, appropriate vessels and assets.

“We aim to provide a comprehensive hose management service that ensures a safe, reliable and fit- for-purpose operation of marine hoses,” Young continued. “The service allows the client to focus on their core business activities without the need for additional investment or specialist in-house capability. This cradle to grave approach and our basket of point solutions is designed to relieve the terminal owner/operator of the management responsibility.”

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