Safety seal manufacturer Roxtec has launched a new company called Roxtec Services targeting North Sea marine and offshore markets.
Roxtec Services was developed following sustained demand for safety inspection on naval ships, drilling rigs, FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading anchored vessels) and oil and gas offshore assets.
Roxtec UK managing director Graham O’Hare said the company will offer three main services to clients: inspection services, maintenance and training, which will all meet the highest worldwide standards.
“Roxtec’s products are the market leader in the oil and gas industry, so we’re very familiar with the needs of this sector, ” he said. “Roxtec Services will deliver inspections, maintenance work and installation training within the crucial area of cable and pipe transits.
“The decision behind launching Roxtec Services stems from the demand from operators to improve safety on their assets, which has led the inspection of some 50,000 multi-cable transits in the last 12 months.
“We will be looking to service marine vessels and offshore units. The reason it is so important is that operators and duty holders must prove they are maintaining performance and meeting safety requirements from the classification societies governing the territory.
“Many classification societies already call for frequent transit inspections and we see a huge potential for the new company.
“Many assets in the UK north sea were built in the 1970s and 80s and have undergone upgrades which required changes to cable and pipe sealing. Operators can suddenly find their rig or vessel is not protected against fire, gas and water according to the regulations.
“Roxtec’s experience as a global market leader in cable and pipe sealing solutions, with an international presence, means we are perfectly placed to advise and supply these types of projects which may ultimately involve multiple geographical locations.”
Roxtec Services will ensure that clients’ projects are fully compliant with international safety regulations pertaining to the use and maintenance of multi-cable transits.
It will see specialist offshore teams sent out to inspect assets on behalf of clients before reporting back with recommendations in line with relevant international safety standards.
Additionally, it can also install an RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) system tag to give each transit a unique identity. The tag stores the status of the transit and enables traceability and follow-up.
Mr O’Hare said: “Our mission is to provide clients complete assurance and peace of mind that their assets are operating efficiently and fully compliant with safety regulations. Our inspections will be able to assess if transits meet safety standards set by ABS, Lloyds, DNV GL and IMO.
“If the inspection report recommends corrective actions, the Roxtec Services maintenance team is ready to assist the operator with urgent actions onsite as well as with long-term services.
“A key part of the service is also educational. Our inspectors will look to share their knowledge by training installation teams and supervisors.”
Notes to editors
ROXTEC was founded in Sweden in 1990, with its UK base in Bury, Greater Manchester. It is now the global leader in the manufacture of innovative cable and pipe transit systems, supplying many of the world’s biggest firms. It is active in 70 markets.
Roxtec’s products are designed to seal cables and pipes and are used to protect people, buildings and equipment from multiple hazards. Its key market sectors include Marine, Oil and Gas, Telecoms, Construction, Power (generation, distribution and transmission) OEM (e.g. trains, engines, motors, generators) and the Process Industries.
Roxtec has a Triple-A credit rating and is actively expanding into new areas offering innovative and safe sealing solutions to a variety of industries.