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Molecular technology to lead the fight against Covid-19 offshore

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Tyneside-based marine engineering specialists, TSG Marine, is taking the latest molecular technology offshore to support the energy sector on its journey out of the Covid-19 crisis.

Molecular technology to lead the fight against Covid-19 offshore

Utilising the same innovative, smart science used to protect Premiership football players and staff in stadiums, TSG Marine has secured a deal to make the technology available to oil and gas, marine and renewable assets operating in the North Sea and beyond.

Energy companies have been particularly hard hit during the pandemic and ensuring offshore teams and their families are protected against the transmission of the Covid-19 virus is critical.

Going beyond disinfecting an environment, TSG Marine is deploying a rapid sanitisation system which not only renders a workplace virus-free but the unique molecular layer, when applied to surfaces, kills all viral, bacterial, mould and organisms for up to 30 days.

TSG Marine’s Protect+ is a process based on science, using the physiology of viruses, bacteria, mould and organisms against them.

When applied to a surface, ZOONO® leaves behind a mono-molecular layer that bonds to the surface. These molecules form a barrier of positively charged microscopic spines that attract and pierce pathogens causing them to break up with lethal effect. This layer of molecular antimicrobial spines is laboratory tested to carry on working for up to 30 days on surfaces and isn’t disrupted by regular cleaning practices.

TSG Marine managing director, Erika Leadbeater, said: “We’re working with companies in the offshore energy sector as they plan their route out of the Covid-19 crisis. It’s important we establish new ways of working that protect their teams and we believe this technology is the solution.

“We work with our customers to design the most appropriate programme for their facilities to reduce risk; identifying high transmission areas, utilising fogging for maximum coverage and spray application for exterior locations. With training and supplies of top-up fluids for high contact areas, we will work with the infield personnel to educate and inform, keeping their environment safe. On completion, our technicians will issue a certificate of sanitation which customers can use to help reassure workers of their safety.

“We are also bringing temperature monitoring equipment, as we’ve seen deployed in airports, to help the industry test workers joining facilities for signs of infection. This not only reduces the spread of the virus but ensures those workers showing signs of infection are not putting their own health at risk by travelling offshore.”

This non-contact, fast screening process, utilises artificial intelligence to detect elevated temperatures in up to 30 people a second with an accuracy range of +/-0.5°C. Together with TSG Marine’s expertise in marine and offshore environments, this technology can be applied to make the offshore industry safer amidst a public health crisis that is challenging all companies to change the way they do things.

Image courtesy of TSG Marine.

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