Blastgreen completes underwater blasting at UK oil terminal

Following a successful bidding process earlier in the year, Blastgreen has recently completed its first underwater blasting project at a UK south coast oil terminal.

Having completed a site survey of the marine growth on a monopile fender in the summer, Blastgreen's parent company Fendercare Marine, was awarded a contract to project manage the removal and reinstallation of the fender for maintenance and repair with a value of £450K.

Fendercare's scope also included the supply of all the diving equipment and use of a Blastgreen BG100 machine to remove the marine growth that had formed around the fender's bolts. This allowed the bolts to be removed with ease, ensuring no unforeseen and costly delays around the removal of the fender. In addition, using the Blastgreen machine in situ meant there were no potentially significant costs for the disposal of the marine growth waste shoreside.

"In the future we will be bidding for similar projects using our in-house diving capabilities which, along with our proven experience in project management world-wide, makes us ideally placed to bid for projects that include underwater blasting services," 

commented Bob Macmillan, Fendercare's diving services director.

Fendercare Marine acquired Blastgreen late in 2009 and is seeing success for its blasting equipment and services in both Australia and the UK. The equipment is used for a variety of applications and is proving particularly relevant in marine applications due to its use of environmentally friendly media as opposed to toxic abrasives or chemicals.