HITS JIP Helps EM&I Increase Employment Opportunities
A Hull Inspection Techniques and Strategies (HITS) joint industry project, led by EM&I Group, has led to a number of new innovations which have increased employment opportunities throughout the company.
HITS was formed in 2011 with the objective of identifying the top three inspection challenges for inspecting the hulls of floating offshore assets, and encouraging the industry to improve existing methodology.
As part of the project, EM&I developed a number of tools, such as ODIN – a diverless method covering underwater hull, isolation valves, CP and mooring chains inspection; and NoMan – a method that uses remotely operated cameras and lasers to inspect cargo, water ballast tanks and other confined spaces without man entry.
“These innovations have been successfully exported worldwide and increased employment opportunities throughout the EM&I Group,” EM&I CEO Danny Constantinis told Rigzone.
The developed innovations have enabled the company to maintain its existing staff and also recruit and train additional managers and technicians in its overseas bases, an EM&I representative added.
Contributors to the HITS JIP include ExxonMobil, Chevron, DNV GL, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Petrobras and Transocean.
The JIP is currently making progress on delivering a capability to inspect cargo oil tanks whilst in operation, and expects to announce the success of the first phase of this development by 2018.
“We always try to stay ahead of the market and anticipate their requirements. The JIP for HITS has helped in this respect, as we hear from clients, operators, and the class societies on a regular basis,” an EM&I representative said.
“We have always been prepared to invest in R&D, and recruitment and training, to position ourselves so that we have the right asset integrity technologies at the right time and price,” the representative added.
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