New Bollard Load Test (BLT®) Rig available through Hydrosphere UK Ltd
Adding to their repertoire of aids to navigation products and services Hydrosphere UK Ltd are now offering the groundbreaking Bollard Load Test system, developed by North East manufacturer Tyne & Wear Marine Ltd. (30th November 2014)
The newly launched Bollard Load Test system is a fully functioning, calibrated and easily deployable solution that uses a powerful hydraulic ram and specialist torque rope to create conditions equivalent to 125 tonnes to safely test the strength of marine bollards.
This breakthrough replaces the traditional method of a tug pulling against the bollard, a method that has previously caused damage to vessels and can be hazardous to the people involved in the test.
The trademark has been registered and a patent is pending, with the long-term plan to roll out the testing service to other ports across the globe.
Jeff Gibson, Sales Director of Hydrosphere UK Ltd, has said “We’re very excited about being able to offer the Bollard Load Test as part of Hydrosphere’s services. With the realisation that there is no effective method of proving the integrity of existing bollard, we expect to see enquiries for this service becoming ever more popular amidst our sales of Aids to Navigation equipment to Harbour Masters."
An informative talk on the problems experienced which lead to the developmentlaunch of the BLT was given at the UKHMA Autumn Seminar, held in London..
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