Hull Marine Services

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Hull Condition Inspection
Applied Technical Services offers a wide range of hull marine services, including hull inspections. Performing inspections regularly can help identify any flaws or damage on the hull that could potentially compromise the performance and safety of the vessel. Some common hull defects we find on client ships are cracks, dents, holes, scrapes, and corrosion.
Ultrasonic Testing

There are often irregularities in the hull that are not visible to the naked eye. To detect these less obvious flaws, our expert NDT technicians use the ultrasonic testing method (UT). UT takes advantage of ultrasound technology to send high-frequency sound waves directly into the test material through a probe. These waves then reflect back to the probe, and our technicians analyze them for inconsistencies. Unusual wave patterns typically indicate a defect in the material. UT is also used to determine the thickness of the hull in a method called ultrasonic thickness testing.

Hull Coating Condition Assessment
  • Blistering
  • Calcareous Deposits
  • Cissing / Fisheye
  • Corrosion
  • Cracking
  • Orange Peel
  • Peeling
  • Sagging
ATS additionally performs assessments for hull paint coatings. The ship’s coating is the main barrier between the metal surface and the corrosive environment that ships are regularly exposed to. Coatings can deteriorate over time due to corrosion caused by oxygen, temperature, pH, and other factors. If left undiscovered early on, unprotected areas of the hull could potentially develop into more substantial damage.
There is no such thing as a perfect coating – tiny and unavoidable surface contaminants such as water, oil, or dust in the application process can cause imperfections that later lead to coating deterioration. Additionally, coating degradation can be caused by operating conditions or environmental factors. Thicker coatings have a greater chance of preventing water, ions, and oxygen from reaching the steel. However, overly thick coatings can show signs of cracking early on.
ATS and Hull Marine Services
For years, Applied Technical Services has been a leading provider for nondestructive testing across several industries. Our core principles of accurate testing, quick turnaround times, and helpful client support are central to maintaining our high standard for quality.
ATS’ hull marine services ensures that our clients know whether their vessels are operating safely and damage-free. If you are in need of hull marine services, call us today. ATS – We take a closer look!

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