Fendercare Marine is one of the world’s leading suppliers of marine services and equipment. The company approached Dantec with a view to giving practical advice on hose handling and support techniques during a typical STS (Ship to Ship) transfer operation of liquified gases such as Butane and Propane. The handling, deployment and storage of hoses can have a major bearing on their safety, reliability and longevity and Fendercare Marine were keen to get expert advice on how to optimise the life of these products. Dantec Managing Director, John Laidlaw, spent 24 hours on board a VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) in the Gulf of Oman to oversee the deployment, subsequent operation and disconnection of two strings of Dantec Cryogenic hoses.
Despite difficult conditions, with external temperatures often soaring to 47 degrees, Dantec were able to witness every part of the operation over some 24 hours. During that time they were able to offer some practical advice on the slinging, hoisting and support of the hoses. Subsequently Dantec developed improvements to the process and also prototype designed custom support devices for the STS application. The combination of this guidance has helped Fendercare Marine benefit from significantly safer working practices and an overall reduction in long term asset costs. Further to the handling advice, Dantec also subsequently advised Fendercare Marine on best practice issues regarding visual inspection and rejection criteria for marine hoses, and these have now been incorporated into Fendercare Marine’s own training manuals for operatives.