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Marine Thermal and Hatch Tightness Testing Inspection Services

Marine Inspections UK and Worldwide

If you are in need of Marine thermal infrared imaging or an acoustic ultrasound hatch tightness testing, look no further than the team at Geo Therm Ltd. Based in the UK our inspection team pride themselves on being a leading thermal imaging and ultrasonic hatch leak testing service supplier in the maritime industry.

Geo Therm Ltd are a Lloyds Register and American Bureau of Shipping approved service supplier, aspiring to meet their recognised level of service excellence with every inspection, ensuring your vessel complies with the PM maintenance regime, Class or P&I Club audit and or commissioning prerequisite.

For more information contact our team of IIMS marine surveyors and find out how we can help you today.

Marine Thermal Imaging & Hatch Tightness Testing

Monitoring and diagnosing the condition of electro-mechanical system installations and components using our thermal imaging and type approved ultrasonic hatch-sure test equipment ensures failing equipment is identified before a power outage or cargo / water damage claim occurs.

Both inspections types are vital for the safe operation of the vessel. Inspections are typically performed when alongside the quay, at anchor or during passage.

Thermal imaging inspections are contracted to discover incipient high-resistance electrical faults to prevent electrical fires and are used to great effect to comply with the SOLAS requirement to pin-point missing or deteriorating exhaust insulation, so preventing hot surfaces >220°C igniting engine room fuel-oil leaks. Electrical switchboard and engine room inspection process typically goes as follows:

  • On vessel arrival a Master and Chief Engineer briefing is undertaken to outline the inspection procedure.
  • For safety, the inspector is chaperoned by an engineering officer. The Engines are started, and electrical systems put underload >40%.
  • Energised systems are scanned with thermal deficiencies captured against all possible power sources appropriate to the vessel.
  • Data analysis is performed, and a report generated. Debrief Master, Chief and vessel management company/client.

Acoustic ultrasound testing is used to pin-point failing seals at watertight doors, hatch and coaming seals and garage door seals to maintain weather tightness integrity against water, air and noise ingress.

Classification society rules govern the use of ultrasound testing equipment, both to ensure the equipment is appropriate and that the surveyor understands the hatch covers being surveyed. The rules also cover the recording and reporting of results.

Only approved equipment may be used on class surveys and only approved service suppliers can carry out the tests. Geo Therm Ltd are Lloyds Register (LR) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) approved service suppliers. The requirements are contained in the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) requirement UR Z17. The Ultrasonic hatch integrity inspection process goes as follows:

  • On vessel arrival, Master and Chief Engineer survey briefing is undertaken to outline the inspection procedure.
  • Typically, the inspector is chaperoned by an engineering officer. All water-tight doors, hatch covers (and if applicable windows) are function tested and ultrasonically checked.
  • Leaks above 10% open hatch values are recorded, and site-marked to alert maintenance intervention.
  • At each location photographic and a systematic procedural checklist is followed, and report generated. Debrief Master, Chief and vessel management company/client.
Marine Thermal Imaging & Hatch Tightness Testing

Marine Thermography

Marine thermography is a key tool to prevent breakdowns and potential fires within ships. Our highly experienced and certified surveyors will carry out a marine thermal imaging survey of the electrical systems and the engine room equipment aboard the vessel. Or findings are clearly highlighted in a report which is issued shortly after the survey.

At Geo Therm Ltd our highly experienced surveyors carry out marine thermal imaging surveys across the UK and worldwide for our clients. Marine thermal imaging / marine thermography surveys aboard ocean going vessels such as yachts, cruise ships, super yachts, ferries, tankers, FPSO's, bulk carriers, navy vessels, and amphibious vehicles. Our skilled marine thermal imaging engineers can identify electrical or mechanical problems and also ensure SOLAS compliance on engine room equipment to prevent engine room fires.

When it comes to marine thermography, our skilled engineers will meet your ship at a given embarkation and carry out a survey whilst the vessel is in transit, there are two key parts to a full marine/yacht thermal imaging survey.

Marine Thermal Imaging - Electrical

A marine thermography survey of the ship's electrical systems will include surveying the main switchboards, emergency switchboards, engine room control panels, switchgear, distribution boards, Navaids equipment, emergency generator equipment and battery systems.

Marine Thermal Imaging - Engine Room

A marine thermography of engine room plant and equipment will identify uninsulated areas where surface temperatures approach or exceed 220°C. SOLAS regulations stipulate that no surface temperatures should exceed this limit to help engine room fires.

Yacht Thermal Imaging Surveys

Geo Therm Ltd offer the full scope of superyacht surveys and are widely respected for their experience and expertise throughout the Marine Industry. We understand the complexity of superyachts and their systems, as well as an expected high level of specification and performance.

Our yacht surveys can be tailored to the needs of the client for any stage of a superyacht’s life cycle. We will produce a concise yacht survey report supported by clear, constructive conclusions and observations.

What do Yacht Thermal Imaging Surveys Include?

Hull Inspections

Thermal Imaging can be used on all hull materials to Identify structural members of hulls constructed of fiberglass, wood, steel, and aluminum.Locate trapped moisture in hulls and decks constructed of fiberglass, wood, steel, and aluminum. Locate moisture trapped around glassed in chainplates on sailboats. Find voids, previous repairs, delamination and debonding in fiberglass and composite hulls. Tap testing, moisture meter readings, and UT are often used along with thermal imaging in our hull inspections.

Electrical Inspections

Thermal imaging is helpful in locating loose connections, faulty fuses and breakers. Our thermal Imaging inspections of electrical systems are helpful in the loss prevention of fires aboard yachts.

Carbon Fibre Mast Inspections

Our surveys can help find any cracking and delamination after a mast has suffered damage. thermal imaging can find damage to the mast that the human eye cannot. All thermal imaging inspections are performed along with tap testing and UT testing to confirm anomalies.

Marine Hatch Tightness Testing

The Importance of Thermal Imaging for Yachts

The use of thermography can sense heat that may prevent an electrical fire, along with detecting leaking fuel or water from tanks that may prevent an explosion or water damage to the interior of the vessel. Having a thermal imaging survey carried out on your yacht can also help detect temperature anomalies in the engines or transmissions that can prevent much more costly engine or transmissions repairs later on.

Our team have carried out a number of yacht thermal imaging inspections over the years and have found the most common issues to be overheating electric motors stemming from branch breakers that would not stay on and temperature anomalies in several engines, electrical engines, and hydraulic motors, that without thermal imaging would have led to much more costly repairs had the thermal camera not been used to find them.

Thermal imaging can reveal many things that may not have otherwise been found using standard marine surveying practices. It is an amazing technology and incorporating infrared thermal imaging into any marine survey or damage inspection gives the boat owner or potential buyer a much better idea of what they are dealing with.

With a thorough marine survey aided with thermal imaging provides the true condition your vessel is actually in. Here at Geo Therm we believe thermal imaging is the future of marine surveying and in time will be just as common as the use of the moisture meter among marine surveyors and other marine related service professionals.

For Marine Thermal and Hatch Inspections in the UK and worldwide, choose Geo Therm Ltd

We are a reliable, leading thermal imaging and ultrasonic survey inspection company, based in the UK, with an outstanding track record of delivery and quality inspections worldwide. Our team provides invaluable and immediate data for a variety of inspection applications, from the high-end superyacht market to the general cargo coasters up to Cape-size vessels, including oil and gas drilling rigs.

So, should you be searching for ‘thermal imaging or hatch inspections’ or other marine services from Geo Therm Ltd as per our drop down menu below, be sure to call our team of marine IIMS surveyors at Geo Therm Ltd today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Marine Thermal Imaging

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.

What is infrared thermal imaging?

Infrared thermal imaging is recognised as one of the safest & most economical, non-invasive diagnostic & preventative maintenance tools available.

Why do I need a yacht thermal imaging survey?

If you are heading out on a long voyage or operate a commercial vessel and can't afford down time, or maybe you just hate unexpected breakdowns, take the time to read what infrared thermal inspections can do for you.

What can thermal imaging test for?

When carrying out thermal imaging surveys, we can test for;

  • Battery Condition Scans
  • Machinery Inspections
  • Solar Panel Inspections
  • Hull, Deck & Structure Scans
  • Electrical Inspections

What are the benefits of thermal imaging?

At Geo Therm we have a team of engineers qualified to use advanced thermal imaging cameras to meet and exceed your requirements. We offer thermal imaging surveys and reports that allow us to detect leaks from water and gas pipes, electrical shortages and poor building economy. Some of the benefits of thermal imaging include:

  • Uncovering Hidden Issues - If there are any air leaks whatsoever, a thermal imaging inspection from Geo Therm can highlight these for you, ensuring your building’s heating economy is maintained.
  • Perform Home Inspections - A thermal imaging survey allows you to identify any problems with the transfer of heat within your home.
  • Detection of Electrical Faults - Identifying overloaded or overheating circuits or whether a motor bearing may have failed, undetected electrical faults will likely lead to power failure and the last thing you want is for your power to cut out.

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.