Test Equipment News

Balmoral’s senior test technician, Mike Royl, and Michael Oswald of the University of St Andrews (Photo: Balmoral)

Subsea Monitoring Equipment Put to the Test

Equipment that will be used to monitor the interaction between tidal turbines and marine mammals in the Pentland Firth has been put to the test in Aberdeen.The linear actuators that underwent hydrostatic testing at the Balmoral Subsea Test Center form part of a marine mammal monitoring station anchored to the sea floor. Utilizing both passive- and active-acoustic tracking techniques, the station will collect data on the underwater movements of marine mammals around operating tidal turbines.Data will be used by the tidal energy industry and regulatory authorities to make informed decisions about marine

Gary Notman (Photo: PTS)

PTS Gains ATEX Certification for Test Pumps

will give the company a competitive advantage in the rental market.Established in 2008, the PTS specializes in rental, sales and calibration of equipment to the energy industry from its base in Denmore Industrial Estate, Bridge of Don.The company focuses on five key niche specialist areas: Pressure test equipment and instrumentation rental; hazardous area equipment rental; radio communications equipment; flushing units, and the supply of hydraulic and pneumatic products

L3 Technologies Wins Navy Deal

L3 Technologies, Ocean Systems Division, Sylmar, California, was awarded a $49,364,268 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity sole-source contract to provide support and repair services for the TB-23 towed array systems and related test equipment. L-3 will evaluate, salvage, repair and refurbish TB-23/BQ Towed Array System modules and associated test equipment and provide inventory management services. Support services include the engineering and technician services for tasking in the following areas: engineering and technical services, depot operations, logistics

A Record-setting Journey to the Atacama Trench

Design) and interior LED strobe, worked well. Satelitte covereage in the southern hemisphere slowed the rate of determining true position transmitted to the ship.Chilean researchers requested twin 30-liter water samplers be included on their lander for microbial studies. These were provided by Ocean Test Equipment (Miami, FL).The tiny “Duet” P/T sensor (RBR, Ottawa, ON, CAN) worked very well to maximum depth, providing a cross-check to the main Sea-Bird sensor, as requested by the Chilan reserchers. A Deep 19 CTD with DO sensor (Sea-Bird Scientific, Bellevue, WA) was the primary sensor package

(Photo: Aker Arctic)

Aker Arctic’s Ice Lab is Back in Acton

novel ideas such as the double acting ship and the oblique icebreaker, and the ability to test new concepts independently has been the key to this success story.   Cold ambient temperature and saline water are challenging operational environments not only for real ships, but also for the test equipment used in the ice model test facility. In order to keep all systems fully functional during the 100-odd annual test days, Aker Arctic’s test engineers and laboratory personnel carry out various service and maintenance tasks during the summer months. This also allows turning the cooling system

Photo: Ohmsett

MTR100: Ohmsett

;s outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank measures 203 meters long by 20 meters wide by 2.4 meters deep and is filled with 10 million liters of crystal clear saltwater. A crow’s nest is mounted on the main bridge 9.1 meters above the water, providing an excellent vantage point for mounting test equipment, such as sensors, to remotely detect oil spills, as well as for video documentation of a test. The facility is equipped with a computerized wave generator that is capable producing wave characteristics of 59 cm height (H1/3 at 7 meter wave length), 83 cm height (H1/3 Harbor Chop), and wave length

Photo: XLProjects

Khimji Ramdas Ships Subsea Mining Equipment

 XLP’s Khimji Ramdas Shipping has facilitated on shore freight management services for a client at the Port of Duqm in Oman.   The SPT (Static Pressure Test) Equipment is part of a pilot project undertaken by the government in order to develop the mining sector.

Photo: Red Marine

Red Marine Bolsters its Testing Capabilities

Independent engineering company Red Marine has invested in a range of high pressure test equipment to increase the business’ in-house capability, in a move aiming to drive financial savings for its clients, the company announced.   The investment comes on the back of Red Marine’s expansion into a new test facility four times the size of its previous unit almost one year ago. Since the expansion, the company has reported a record turnover, providing a full turnkey service to major players including the likes of Subsea 7, FMC Technologies and Technip.   Speaking about the

Photo: Red Marine

Red Marine Further Strengthens its Test Capabilities

Red Marine has invested in a range of high pressure test equipment to increase the business’ in-house capability, and as such, drive financial savings for its clients.   The investment comes on the back of Red Marine’s expansion into a new test facility, four times the size of its previous unit, almost one year ago. Since the expansion, the company has reported a record turnover, providing a full turnkey service to major players including the likes of Subsea 7, FMC Technologies and Technip.   Speaking about the investment, Joe Orrell, Managing Director at Red Marine said

Photo: Red Marine

Red Marine Performs Vent Valve Tests for FMC

;   “Successfully and safely testing equipment to these exacting standards is a significant undertaking and requires a pro-active and intelligent approach. We were delighted to be involved at all stages of the program – from developing the test procedures, the supply of bespoke test equipment to completion of testing and analysis of results – the project clearly demonstrated the value our testing with intelligence service can provide for clients developing high integrity subsea equipment.”   Delivered in 12 weeks, the test program included the design and supply

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