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Thermal Imaging,
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Marine Thermal Inspection Services

Marine Thermal Inspections Ipswich

If you are in need of Marine thermal imaging, look no further than the team at GeoTherm. Based in Ipswich our team pride themselves on being the leading thermal imaging surveyors for the marine industry. We are an Associate members of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) we aspire to meet their aims, to professionally serve and service the offshore energy sectors to comply with maintenance, Class and commissioning needs.

For more information simply contact our team of survey engineers and find out how our team can help you today.

Marine Thermal Imaging Services

At GeoTherm we offer three basic marine imaging services which match up with a typical vessel; Electrical, Mechanical and Composite Materials.

Electrical Systems

M​onitor and diagnose the condition of electrical installations and components, these discover hot spots and take preventative actions, the inspection process goes as follows:

  • Data is captured against all possible power sources appropriate to vessel (shore power, generator, inverter, batteries)
  • Each system is operated under typical load/s
  • Image capture is performed
  • Data analysis and report generation
  • Debrief with owners, Captains, maintenance supervisors, yard manager, repair techs

Mechanical Systems

This scans and visualizes the temperature distribution of entire surfaces of machinery, the inspection process goes as follows:

  • Inspection Process
  • Systems should be aligned and operated in typical underway modes for specific vessel
  • Loads should vary from normal to high
  • Image capture is performed
  • Data analysis and report generation
  • Debrief with owners, Captains, maintenance supervisors, yard manager, repair techs

Composite Materials

Moisture, delamination, voids, and other common issues can be "seen" as thermal differences. This visualises damages that would not have been possible without coring or drilling. The inspection goes as follows:

  • Visual inspection inside and out
  • Consult vessel drawings
  • Apply uniform heat to area being imaged
  • Image capture is performed
  • Data analysis and report generation
  • Debrief with owners, Captains, maintenance supervisors, yard manager, repair techs
  • Coring or other destructive testing may be required to confirm

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging is a unique tool that uses the infrared portion of the light spectrum that is invisible to the naked eye. Infrared (IR), Thermography, or Thermal scanning, as it is sometimes called, allows the user to see one’s environment with or without any visible illumination or light.

Thermal imaging cameras provide a non-destructive, environmentally friendly way to see temperature differentials in an object to verify such things as electrical and mechanical failures, structural design, delamination (disbanding), damage, voids, structural location, and to locate moisture intrusion.

For Marine Thermal Inspections in Ipswich, Choose GeoTherm

As a reliable, leading thermal imaging surveying company, based in Ipswich we have an outstanding track record of delivery the highest quality inspections worldwide. Our team provides invaluable and immediate data for a variety of applications, from the marine superyacht markets to the oil and gas production and drilling industries and even the domestic housing market.

So, should you be searching for ‘thermal imaging companies in Ipswich’, be sure to call our team at GeoTherm today.

Hatch Water Tightness Inspections

Approximately one third of all P&I claims are cargo-related. A significant portion of cargo claims are caused by water damage, due to the ingress of sea water via the hatch covers of dry cargo vessels. Geo Therm Ltd regularly perform hatch ultrasonic inspections for merchant and the super yacht market with hull-type garage hatches. The inspections locate defective seals and steelwork, directing maintenance attention to a specific point for repair work, before the voyage. The inspections are performed on every cargo hold hatch, external superstructure door and hydraulically operated internal watertight door. The Ultrasound inspection technique is faster and more reliable than the traditional chalk mark and water dosing method.

Thermal Infrared (IR) Inspections

Our non-destructive Thermal Imaging Inspections onboard ships will help the chief engineer locate extreme temperatures in ship-wide electrical distribution systems, including the detection of engine room auto-ignition hot surfaces to eliminate electrical overloads and outages, and help prevent hot surfaces becoming an ignition source igniting fuel-oil leaks. The IR inspections are thorough, performed by a minimum level 2 qualified Thermographer, with offshore and marine experience. Each inspection provides real-time thermal information on energised equipment, identifying items requiring immediate intervention and/or managed in the engineers’ maintenance program for repair allocation. Our inspections can also look for porosity in fiberglass hulls. Geo Therm Ltd IR inspections are typically performed by one Thermographer, who is chaperoned by a junior engineering officer, thereby maintaining safety and best practices throughout each survey. We provide two formal deficiency based reports following each inspection.

High Voltage Partial Discharge (HVPD) Inspections

Using our fixed mounted or handheld Ultrasonic equipment we can locate partial discharge (PD) in HV systems. Partial discharge in the form of arcing, tracking and corona emit ultrasound. Spectrograph waveform and modulated noise aids fault location and diagnostics. Once PD is discovered, it will always increase and if left will inevitably cause a failure which may be sudden and catastrophic. Our Partial Discharge inspections are available worldwide, conducted by qualified personnel using market-leading instrumentation to provide real-time monitoring, and impartial reporting on the condition of the vessel’s critical electrical assets.

Installation IR Thermal Night Vision Cameras & Controls

We can supply and fit the thermal and night vision Flir M400 marine thermal camera and control system for your yacht. Used to aid navigation, identify obstacles and potential threats, the state of the art system is the most affordable stabilised pan and tilt system on the market today. Installation and commissioning is performed by our technicians, or sold separately for your engineer to install. Contact Geo Therm Ltd for more information.

Asset Mounted IR Cameras

We provide, install and configure this novel, panel mounted combined visual/IR inspection window – the MN4000. The device captures fully radiometric data every second providing remote access into each asset to which it is installed. The MN4000 provides the end user with remote access via its dedicated MONITOR software – with the added advantage of being incorporated into existing PLC or SCADA programmes.

Electrical Fault Finding - IR Window Installation

Let Geo Therm Ltd install the DNV and ABS approved infrared inspection windows into critical engine and thruster room switchboard doors and rear section covers, permitting safe visual and IR scanning fault finding capability. The IR windows permit energised scans, protecting personnel from flash over events. Installation helps ensure compliance with the NFPA 70E standards. Using the correct tooling, it is possible to remove covers, install a circular IR window and replace the cover in less than 30 minutes, keeping any operational disruption to a minimum. We typically install the IR windows when the vessel is quayside, pending visa approval we can install the IR windows on any vessel in any UK or overseas port. Generally, a switchboard section requires two IR windows, (depending on internal component arrangement and size of asset). Should you wish to improve your reliability and fault-finding capability, moreover improve ship safety, call Geo Therm Ltd today, we have discounts available on orders over 20x IR windows. For additional information on IR inspection windows enquire now.

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