McDermott and Trelleborg Develop Innovative New Clamp to Improve Diver Safety


Trelleborg Offshore has revealed a new diver-friendly piggyback clamp designed to improve safety during installation. Trelleborg developed the clamp at the request of leading offshore construction company, McDermott in collaboration with Trelleborg Offshore UAE distributor, Unique Maritime Group.

The Trelleborg system includes the use of edge treated banding and a new fastening system which eliminates sharp edges, reducing the risk of cuts to the diver. The innovative design, which negates the need to pass the band around the carrier pipe to secure the piggyback line, reduces handling and improves installation efficiency and time, enabling significant cost savings while increasing diver safety.

Sean Brunton, operations manager, McDermott Diving Division, commented: "Improving diver safety is something that is of paramount importance to us and the Trelleborg piggyback clamp has been central to our Zero Hand Injury Campaign. As such, the clamp achieved our annual President's Award which celebrates exceptional examples of performance and initiatives relating to safety, quality, ethics and productivity."

Manufactured from marine-grade polypropylene, the piggyback saddle can fit carrier pipelines from 20" - 42" and line sizes from 1.25" to 3.5". The one-size-fits-all design of the clamp can streamline purchasing, enabling zero-waste bulk ordering.

Chris Green, global customer group sales manager, Trelleborg Offshore, said: "We are continually developing innovative polymer-based solutions to improve not just the efficiency but also the safety of the oil and gas industry. This is never more rewarding than when we're able to develop a bespoke solution for a specific issue faced by one of our clients, which is exactly what we achieved with the new piggyback clamps.

"The clamps enable a wealth of benefits but you can't put a price on safety and we're incredibly proud that this solution is set to significantly improve diver safety."

Harry Gandhi, CEO, Unique Maritime Group, added: "We're pleased to have been involved in the design of such an innovative solution, which is set to revolutionize the offshore oil & gas industry's approach to piggyback installation."

For additional information on Trelleborg Offshore solutions for all offshore and subsea markets, please call Phil Walsh, +18324568344 Mobile: +12817851837; phil.walsh@trelleborg.com

Trelleborg Offshore and Trelleborg Group

Using advanced polymer material technology, Trelleborg Offshore provides high integrity solutions for the harshest and most demanding offshore environments. As part of the Trelleborg Engineered Systems Business Area of Trelleborg Group, Trelleborg Offshore specializes in the development and production of polymer and syntactic foam based seismic, marine, buoyancy, cable protection and thermal insulation products, as well as rubber-based passive and active fire protection solutions for the offshore industry. Within its portfolio are some long established and respected brands including, CRP, OCP, Viking and Emerson & Cuming. Trelleborg Offshore has been providing innovative solutions to the industry for over 30 years and has the largest and most advanced syntactic foam manufacturing facility in the world. www.trelleborg.com/offshore

Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group had annual sales during 2010 of approximately SEK 27 billion (EUR 2.5 billion), with around 20,000 employees in over 40 countries. The Group comprises four business areas: Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on the OMX Nordic List, Large Cap. www.trelleborg.com

About Unique Maritime Group:

Founded in 1993, Unique Maritime Group is a leading provider of specialized engineering solutions to the subsea and offshore oil and gas industries worldwide. Through their expanding network of companies, Unique Maritime Group is a specialist in the provision of services, and the sale and rental of equipment for the marine, diving, hydrographic, oceanographic, and NDT market sectors. Furthermore, the group has an established manufacturing capability for the delivery of customized engineering projects worldwide.

The company's mission is to provide customers worldwide with knowledge and technology based engineering services and products, serving the subsea and maritime industries through their global network of employees, while keeping customer satisfaction, environment and safety at the forefront.

Unique Maritime Group currently serves its customers through its expanding global network worldwide with operating facilities in the UK, Middle East, South Africa, USA, Singapore and India and employs over 500 people at its bases worldwide.

For more information about Unique Maritime Group visit www.uniquegroup.com

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