The Importance of Subsea Pile Cleaning

September 10, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s important to periodically deploy applications geared toward removing hard and soft marine growth and debris from structures based offshore, including subsea structures. Maintaining a clean pile surface is crucial to keeping offshore assets in good condition, especially as they get older, and it’s imperative for creating the most efficient grouting operations.

As marine growth and other types of debris build up over the course of time, it can affect grout adhesion between a pile surface and other pieces. For this reason, it’s important to cut out delays between the installation of a mono pile, transition piece placement and grouting operations. Otherwise, you run a greater risk of having marine growth and debris affect the entire system more severely.

The good news is that subsea pile cleaning, which includes marine growth removal services, will provide excellent, trustworthy results. The operations are performed from the deck of a support vessel, and provide 360-degree cleaning for almost any type of offshore structure. In some cases, depending on the size of the structure or the amount of debris, the entire pile could be cleaned within just a couple hours, compared to a diving team that would clean the equipment by hand, which could take up to 30 hours to get the same standard of results.

Tools that are used for this process can be specially tailored for a variety of different pile diameters and water depths. The diverless technology removes some of the safety risks, reduces handling difficulty and allows for self-locking onto the pile and topside storage. The tool is compatible for both seawater and freshwater, with operating pressures going up to 14,500 psi with significant flow rates.

Here are just a few examples of some of the biggest benefits of this type of work:

  • Remote operation: No worries about bringing in teams of divers to take on the job! The equipment is operated remotely from the surface, which cuts out some of the risks associated with having divers operating underwater.
  • Versatile: You can use this service in freshwater or seawater depending on where and how you have the vessel set up. This means you don’t need to worry about getting different services or machinery if you have setups in both freshwater and seawater. The technology also provides you with variable operating pressures and a high flow rate.
  • Easy to use: The applications used for subsea pile cleaning are generally easy to use and quick to deploy, allowing for minimal intervention from personnel at most.
  • Environmentally friendly: The technology used for subsea pile cleaning is very environmentally friendly, so you can reduce your carbon footprint by relying on it.

If you’re interested in learning more about the various benefits associated with subsea pile cleaning and industrial power washing, we encourage you to contact the team at Hydro Tech Power Washing today. We’d be happy to answer your questions and provide you with all of the information you need to determine whether our services are right for your operation.

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