As a specialist in offshore SPM / MBM terminals and related infrastructure, MARSOL offers various services aimed at the optimization of offshore terminals, including Terminal Inspection Repair and Maintenance. While both asset repair and maintenance require dedicated OpEx, there is a definite difference in the way they are approached and the risk that they pose.
Marine asset repair implies failure of components or assets. This type of breakdown can cause downtime, pose safety risks and threat reputational damage in case of negative environmental impact or the like.
On the other hand, to us at MARSOL, Offshore maintenance means to maintain our clients’ marine assets in a good working order to avoid breakage and prevent worst-case scenarios. As such, regular maintenance not only mitigates risk, but it also ensures efficiency and reliability.
In most cases, it is highly plausible that there will be a risk of downtime if the marine asset does not undergo adequate offshore maintenance. These concerns are unnoticeable in the first few years, but later the component experiences an accelerated rate of deterioration, due to incorrect and inadequate preservation practices before the system is fully operational.
MARSOL’s preservation practices ensure that the performance of the whole system is consistent throughout its working life.
Choosing an offshore maintenance partner
When taking a holistic approach, it is important to choose a partner that understands your terminal as a whole. This knowledge and understanding will allow your offshore terminal maintenance partner to address root causes and not simply treat symptoms in isolation.
As a commercial and technical marine service solutions provider, MARSOL covers Engineering, Project Management, Operations & Maintenance, Inspection Repair & Maintenance (IRM) and Integrity management among other subsea and maritime services. This means that all influencing factors are taken into account when offshore maintenance is done.
Terminal maintenance and design
In order to maintain an offshore terminal or to repair assets, it is important to understand its environment and its design. Our Engineering Services Division offers a comprehensive package for all Mooring and Hose Analysis for SPM terminals, including validation of third-party analysis from terminal designers. We use our operational and practical onsite experience for model validation to ensure the model output is aligned with the specific requirements of the terminal.
Through applying integrity-based Inspection Repair and Maintenance (IRM) and creating a marine asset history, MARSOL can modify operations and maintenance philosophies and associated work programmes periodically to reflect changes brought about by any influencing factors and unusual events. By finding the perfect balance between efficiency, risk and operational expenditure, we greatly reduce risk to the system and encourage sustainability and longevity.
These changes create the opportunity for us to review the current programme, identify areas of improvement and design changes on the system components to safely and economically optimise future activities and schedules and related OPEX costs all the while ensuring all updated IRM philosophies are agreed by the OEM/ CLASS as needed.
Whether greenfield or brownfield, every optimization starts with the perfect plan.
Terminal Maintenance and marine asset lifespan extension
Increasing an asset’s lifespan through offshore maintenance instead of periodic asset repair means saving money in the long run, limiting downtime and reducing risk, but only if it is done properly. Our highly qualified team manages local partners to deliver these ongoing programmes, always focusing on international safety and quality standards to ensure that the client and its stakeholders’ reputations are protected.
We draw on our experience to validate and modify the requirements as outlined by the OEM for an operational facility. Through data capture, we create a strategy to perform the offshore maintenance on the most suitable techno-commercial manner and get the necessary approvals for the same before execution from the Contractor, CLASS and OEM as needed.
This strategy lets us achieve the following objectives:
- Protection of the facility
- Retention of the intrinsic value of the marine assets
- Continuity of service
- Maintenance of warranty
- Maintenance of Class
- Avoidance of incidents and resultant pollution
- Compliance with statutory / permit requirements and international operating OCIMF, ISGOT, IMCA, and IMO guidelines
- Protection of 3rd party customers/transporters
- Protection of the buoy and constantly maintaining it in an “as new” condition
- Ensuring Company Reputation is upheld and built upon
In every scenario, prevention is better than cure. Finding the right terminal maintenance partner can save you time, money, risk and reputational damage. Consult with MARSOL to find the right long-term offshore maintenance plan for your terminal.
When it comes to optimizing an offshore terminal, various factors must be considered in order to remain within regulation, while balancing efficiency and sustainability. MARSOL specializes in offshore terminals and related infrastructure. We provide commercial and technical marine service solutions, including Engineering, Project Management, Operations & Maintenance, Inspection Repair & Maintenance (IRM) and Integrity Management. This places us in a unique position to observe and understand how various factors of an offshore terminal influence one another.
With over 50 years of experience in the field, we have developed a holistic approach to integrity management that carefully balances the influencing factors of each unique terminal in order to find a solution that is right for each offshore terminal.
The right solution for your offshore terminal
In pursuit of the best solution it is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all prescription, but merely a method to finding the right solution to each unique business model and terminal, instead of a single ‘best’ solution for all.
This method is a complex balancing act between minimising OpEx and CapEx, while increasing safety and efficiency without introducing more risk.
Integrity management for offshore terminals and assets
Through applying integrity-based Inspection Repair and Maintenance (IRM) and creating an asset history, we can modify operations and maintenance philosophies and associated work programmes periodically to reflect changes brought about by any influencing factors and unusual events thus reducing risk to the system. These changes create the opportunity for us to review the current programme, identify areas of improvement and design changes on the system components to safely and economically optimise future activities and schedules and minimise related OpEx costs all the while ensuring all updated IRM philosophies are agreed by the OEM/ CLASS as needed.
As a specialist SPM O&M company MARSOL provides site-specific and fully optimised services to allow the client/operator to focus on their core activities, and not be diverted by non-core activities. Our team of specialist management personnel develops and manages all offshore activity programmes associated with the SPM on behalf of the client.
Our ultimate goal is to provide safe operations and maintenance of the terminal and allow efficient and cost-effective import or export between the tanker and the offshore oil facility by optimising the use of assets and resources. Through the installation of procedures and tools that help clients extend the lifespan of their assets, we concentrate on clear-cut maritime packages capable of minimising long-term OpEx exposure.
We manage and operate third-party owned vessels manned according to international best practice, and employ specialist professionals during the specified contract period to perform all marine works. Therefore, our focus is on the optimisation of the client’s OpEx and not on the maximum utilisation of our own assets.
In this way, we help clients to build autonomy, and as such reduce their risk and dependency. As part of our unique approach, we develop procedures and protocols for each offshore terminal and train the client’s terminal staff to take over all management activities for a sustainable future.
Achieve sustainability for your offshore terminals and assets
As MARSOL is actively involved in all phases of the SPM life cycle (i.e. from the cradle to the grave), we are in a unique position to understand the typical points of failure. Moreover, we have spent much effort in services that look for opportunities to maximise the Asset’s service life, irrespective of whether MARSOL is contracted by Owners/Operators, Consultants, Contractors or others.
To be sustainable means that the offshore terminal is designed, engineered and managed in such a way that it favours longevity over short-term burn-out. Alongside this type of integrity management for marine terminals, is also the preservation of company reputation and upholding of fiduciary duties in a sustainable way.
Sustainable design for marine terminals
Throughout all of the MARSOL integrity programmes, we use tools such as computer simulations, physical scale modelling, cause and effect risk assessment, performance and metocean data gathering, to name but a few. These allow us to create turn-key solutions, perform design/service validation and enhancements or re-Engineering, ultimately enhancing the contracting parties’ “exit reputation” and warranty protection.
Sustainable management of marine assets
Safety is our priority, and by understanding the potential points of failure and influencing factors, we can meet and exceed the industry standard SPM Terminal Regulations and procedures. True to our parent company, KOTUG, we ensure the team carries out the services with all due diligence, efficiency and economy without compromising safe practices, even in times of world crisis.. This is achieved through prudent practices, accepted techniques used in the industry, sound management, technical and engineering expertise, use of appropriate advanced technology, and safe and operational equipment, facilities, assets, and methods.
Whether greenfield or brownfield, it is never too early or too late to make the right decision. Invest time and money into finding the right solution for your offshore terminal for a sustainable business with lower risk and minimised long-term OpEx, while improving efficiency and safety.
Does this balancing act seem too good to be true? Get in touch for a consultation today.