World’s first Diverless ICCP system – HullGuard®
January 8th, 2020
The world’s first HullGuard® system was installed, without divers, in January 2020 on an FPSO in the UK North Sea.
Designed for life time protection of the underwater hull from corrosion below the water line, HullGuard is an EM&I innovation that involves locating a tubular anode with an integral dielectric shield, through an ODIN® type port fitted to the ship’s hull.
Once installed the launch tube is removed leaving only the completion plug in place with the electrical supply cable ready for connection to a standard transformer / rectifier.
HullGuard can be installed and maintained at any stage in the asset’s life without the use of divers thus enhancing safety and reducing cost.
The fact that the system is diverless also reduces POB, helicopter flights, use of dive support vessels with a resulting reduction in carbon emissions from fuel burn.
Danny Constantinis (Executive Chairman) said “EM&I has proven that many of the integrity related functions that used to be carried out by divers can be carried out more safely and at lower cost by robotic systems such as HullGuard. I am confident that this solution will be welcomed in a market which seeks safer, lower cost and lower carbon footprint solutions”.