The integrity management of marine systems is driven to protect the safety of the environment and people, whilst maintaining the asset through a data-driven and risk-based assessment approach which aim to optimize management strategies.
Marine Integrity services typically cover the following marine systems/components:
- Jetties, wharfs, quays, piers or other such similar fixed marine structures
- Ship to shore structure
- Anchor buoys
- Mooring buoys
- Floating and Subsea flexible hoses
- Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels (hull structures, ballast system, mooring systems, cargo storage facilities etc.)
- Risk evaluation
- Risk mitigation
- Integrity planning
Our Strategy and Approach
Our Marine Integrity services aid in cost effective management of marine integrity risk. This is achieved through the adoption of a risk-based strategy where the likelihood of failure of a given marine system or component, along with the associated consequences, is determined to establish the overall risk.
The identified risk allows the prioritisation in planning of the marine system and/or component maintenance and inspection activities. Utilising these assessed risks and integrity threats in combination allows the inspections to be scheduled routinely with the specific methods of examination required.
Our strategic approach is continuous, iterative and is based on the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ cycle. Marine system performance can be measured and verified through a formalised risk-based plan, and the key learnings which are observed allow further fine tuning and more focused series of proactive measures to be developed.
Figure 1: Marine Systems Integrity Management – Our Iterative Process
AIE’s approach allows marine system performance and behaviour to become better comprehended over time and the continuous process of learning and improvement that is inherent in the modal approach provides the means of optimising performance, reliability and safety.
Our Inspection and Maintenance Philosophy
Our primary philosophy in the management of Marine System Integrity are centred on the pillars of maintenance and inspection; periodic intervention works which establish the condition status and assure functional operability going forward, with the frequencies and extents of the works specified based on the assessed risks and threats.
Our risk-based approach is comprised of many discrete steps, categorised as ‘What’, ‘Where’, ‘When’ and ‘How’; each step in the process involves a series of discrete but mutually complementary activities which on completion yield a specifically tailored and focused maintenance and inspection strategy for managing marine systems integrity. The processes and tasks that are involved are summarised in Figure 2 below.
Figure 2: Risk-Based Strategy – Marine Systems Inspections
AIE provides Marine Integrity services to many operators across the MENA region. Our services are market leading and developed based on industry recognised guidelines whilst also meeting any client or jurisdiction specific requirements.
Our hands-on experience means we understand the local operating environment and the challenges this brings. We have delivered a range of bespoke integrity and maintenance solutions for clients and we are also regarded as technical specialist in the integrity assessment, fitness for service and life extension evaluation of these assets.