Offspring International has launched a rapid response, surge protection system for terminal loading hoses. Called Oiltech Surge Protector, the hose monitoring system offers a smarter and more sensitive way of detecting hose overpressure during tanker loading. If a pressure surge is detected, pumping operations are automatically shutdown.
According to the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (2013), the highest incidence of tanker related oil spills is during loading operations. When a surge event occurs, a single point moored buoy’s safety valve will divert oil into a dump tank if present, preventing damage to the loading system but incurring a high clean-up cost.