SRG Global secured the three year maintenance painting campaign, for Pro-Safe Production Services New Zealand, onboard the ship “Umuroa” in January 2013.
The Umuroa is a floating platform storage and offload (FPSO) facility located in the Tui Oilfield off the Taranaki coast. Specifically the project was for the ongoing refurbishment programme of the ship’s decks, equipment and process modules (piping, vessels and structural equipment), all of which were subject to the severe marine environment. Corrosion control on this vessel is extremely important to meet and comply with the requirements of Maritime New Zealand and operating certification requisites.
The project team typically consisted of four crew members at any one time, including skilled blaster/painters, experienced foremen and a Project Manager. The shift rotation was a weekly fly-in/fly-out arrangement of two crew members at a time. All crew members working on the ship had to hold a current offshore medical certificate and have completed the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET).
During the first three months of the painting campaign maintenance included coatings refurbishment around the accommodation block completed via dry abrasive blasting with full containment. There were also isolated areas where wet abrasive blasting was used around dust critical areas. Maintenance work then commenced into production areas, requiring the introduction of UHP water jetting.
The maintenance team faced ongoing challenges with extreme sea and weather conditions The Umuroa is a 258m long x 46m wide vessel and is bow anchored to the sea bed. This anchoring system ensures the ship is always facing into the wind but leaves the ship subjected to sea pitch and rolling, which presents an ongoing dynamic challenge to all onboard.