Marine Inspections & NDT
Regular marine inspections are one of the best investments you can make when it comes to the safety and longevity of your vessel. They can:
- Save money by highlighting maintenance opportunities before they can escalate into costly incidents.
- Improve safety by ensuring all fittings, metalwork, and equipment are in good repair.
- Increase market appeal. If you’re looking to sell your boat, adhering to a schedule of regular marine inspections will ensure potential buyers won’t be able to find any faults that haven’t already been identified.
Seaspec Marine Services specialise in a wide range of marine inspections, and non-destructive testing (NDT). Managing Director, Jack Philps, is an Accredited Marine Surveyor under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), and an active member of the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors (AIMS). Jack is fully qualified to undertake initial surveys of vessels for construction and alteration – hull, deck, superstructure, and machinery.
Our marine inspection services include:
Ultrasonic uses high frequency sound energy to examine equipment and make measurements for flaw detection. It is frequently used in the detection of material thickness, weld discontinuities or defects, cracking on shafts and lamination checks for corrosion mapping.
Vacuum box testing is a method used to detect leaks in welds and to confirm the weld quality. The vacuum box technique detects leaks in a pressure boundary that cannot be directly pressurised such as welds, weld seams, and other components in welded materials.
We possess a variety of vacuum boxes that are available for the inspection of butt or lap welds, corner welds, and mini size vacuum boxes for small and difficult areas.
Dye Penetrant Inspection
Dye penetrant inspection, also called liquid penetrant inspection, is a widely applied inspection method used to detect surface-breaking defects in all non-porous materials (metals, plastics, or ceramics).
Liquid penetrant exams check for material flaws open to the surface by flowing a very thin liquid into the flaw and then drawing the liquid out with a chalk-like developer. Welds are the most common item inspected, but plate, bars, pipes, castings, and forgings are also commonly inspected using liquid penetrant examination.
Corrosion is the degradation of metal usually resulting from interaction with the environment around it. Over time, corrosion will gradually reduce the original material thickness reducing the strength. Corrosion can lead to failures, expensive repairs, and reduced efficiency. Strategic corrosion inspection and monitoring can improve asset management and life cycle assessment and optimise operational budgets.