As the top tier of the superyacht industry gathered at The Superyacht Forum, many companies took the opportunity to showcase some revolutionary technological developments. Brookes Bell was one of these companies; as it showcased its new PEC Deck scanners that are designed to eradicate guess-work in the construction costing process and give owners a true picture of the work involved.
PEC Deck scanners can take a digital survey of ship building steel – through teak, paint, cladding, fairing and antifouling and produce a visual report of the extent of the corrosion and the thickness of remaining steel plate underneath. The non-invasive technology means that a full corrosion assessment and material wastage can be deduced before the entire deck or surface coating is ripped up.
“To remove and replace a teak deck is a time consuming and very costly exercise,” explains Adam Whittle of Brookes Bell Superyacht Division. “In many cases full removal would not have been necessary and the ability to map out just the areas of concern can have a very positive effect on both time and budget.”
“To remove and replace a teak deck is a time consuming and very costly exercise. In many cases full removal would not have been necessary and the ability to map out just the areas of concern can have a very positive effect on both time and budget.”
- Adam Whittle, Brookes Bell Superyacht Division.
But of course, new technologies need to be placed in the hands of key decision makers to generate some true excitement and interest circulating the PEC Deck scanners, which is why Brookes Bell chose The Superyacht Forum as its live platform to showcase its revolutionary new product.
“We had back-to-back demonstrations across 3 days at The Superyacht Forum and we have received a wonderful response from our clientele and passers-by alike,” Says Arron Jackaman the Brookes Bells managing inspection engineer.
“There is a genuine air of excitement at the possibilities that our new system brings to the sector – it is ‘hands down’ the most effective tool for affording superyacht owners and refit-yards’ peace of mind prior to engaging in any structural works,” adds Jackaman. “It is also the best technology for providing clients with a health check of their vessel and keeping any unwanted surprises at bay.”
While the technology is of course complex, the new PEC Deck scanners have been created to be extremely simple to use. The process can be undertaken in sections and even several months prior to yard time and the issued report can be utilised as part of as a shipyard or management company quote for a client.
During The Superyacht Forum, demonstrations of Bkookes Bell’s new PEC Deck scanners showcased the ability to scan a structure through the faired and painted finish to the ability to scan through the hull in way of tanks to check for corrosion in the lowest points – without having to drain them down and access them.
“It won’t be long before word spreads across the industry and this will be the only way of doing things,” says Patrick Yeoward of Brookes Bell Superyacht Division. “The owners’ team and the shipyard will know the scope of works months before commencement.
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