Underwater Maintenance Gets Order To Equip All Conoco Tankers

Conoco has placed an order with the Underwater Maintenance Company of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England, to equip their entire tanker fleet with Neutrally Buoyant Hull Aperture Blanks. On several occasions in the past, Conoco has purchased these to enable emergency repairs to sea valves to be carried out afloat.

In the past, sea inlets were sealed by divers using improvised blanks made from sheets of plywood and rubber. However, as sea chests became larger and draughts deeper, this became more difficult and more dangerous.

To solve the problem, Underwater Maintenance Company originally produced these blanks to meet Classification Society requirements for inwater surveys.

They are constructed to a design approved by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

The company has already supplied blanks for more than 70 vessels, and they are now included in the s p e c i f i c a t i on of many new ships when they are built.

For more information on Underwater Maintenance Company's Neutrally Buoyant Hull Aperture Blanks, Write 33 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 51,  Dec 15, 1980

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