Leading industrial technology specialist Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group has developed its novel inspection techniques to provide a rapid, cost effective and reliable method to assist operators and integrity management companies with statutory and routine vessel condition assessment in a subsea environment.
The TRACERCO DiagnosticsTM Scanning techniques have been widely used for over 50 years in the process industry to define tank inventories and to locate gas/liquid interfaces, liquid/liquid interfaces and solid accumulations.
The inspection technologies are now available for subsea application, to provide accurate and fully reliable subsea measurements for vapour/liquid interfaces contained within Mid Water Arches, Buoyancy Tanks, Mooring Points and other such subsea equipment. Vessel integrity can now be determined real time via online measurements, which effectively make the vessel transparent thereby, providing "insight onsite".
The technique is non-intrusive and is easily deployable by diver operated or ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). The detector (pictured below in Figure 1) feeds real time inspection data to the TRACERCO DiagnosticsTM engineer on the deck, where expert interpretation provides the client with instant feedback.