Gerrards Cross, UK -- Intelligent Engineering (IE) has made Clarkson Technical Services (CTS) its latest SPS Overlay licensee. SPS Overlay is a technology using laminates of polyurethane elastomer between steel plates to refurbish engineering projects including bridge decks and ship's structures.
IE and CTS first worked together on the Panamax bulk carrier Edco Star in September 2008. It took thirty days for the team of SPS Overlay specialists supported by a steel workforce supplied by CTS to complete a range of repairs including 3433cu.m of tank-top steel reinstatement, alongside the shipyard in Alexandria.
Rob Duffin, director SPS Overlay said in a 21 Dec company announcement that the two companies, "have worked together on several projects already and this commitment to promoting SPS Overlay to their clients is a terrific endorsement."
In July 2009, CTS applied SPS Overlay to the bulkhead of the Alderney Shipping owned bulk carrier Isis at Channel Seaways in the UK and then in October used SPS Overlay on the deck of the OSV Samudra Prabha at DDW in Dubai.
"I was amazed by the speed, quality and simplicity of the repair. It indicated to me that the era of metal composites in ship repair and building has definitely arrived with SPS Overlay," said Captain Gulbir Suri, group managing Director, Clarkson Technical Services.
Duffin noted that in time, CTS will be able to carry out the whole SPS Overlay process. Meanwhile "we will continue to support them with our specialist SPS Overlay field team." (LW)
PIC: The Edco Star being refurbished in September 2008