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EM&I secures patent for ODIN underwater inspection technology

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EM&I have been granted another international patent for their ODIN® Diverless Under Water Inspection In Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD), this time covering the ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization) territories of Ghana, Liberia, and Mozambique.

A further ODIN patent is pending for other regions of Africa and EM&I already hold ODIN patents for the UK, US, Australia and now Africa.

This technology has been successfully deployed on many projects for FPSOs, drillships and semi-submersibles throughout the world over the last 7 years and is proving to be a valuable time and cost saving service.

ODIN diverless technology is used for UWILD surveys of hull, mooring systems and critical valves, and now ODIN access ports are also being used for repairs of hull plating and critical valves.

The HullGuard® diverless ICCP system also uses large ODIN ports for the ‘periscope type’ anodes to be inserted, and retracted from inside the hull. This innovation is just one of the technologies encouraged by the Hull Inspection Techniques & Strategy (HITS) Joint Industry Project (JIP) which EM&I lead on behalf of the Global FPSO Research Forum.

Danny Constantinis, (Executive Chairman) of the EM&I Group, commented: “I am pleased we have received yet another patent award for ODIN. This technology is world leading and during the current pandemic, is proving to be even more necessary to our clients as it reduces POB, enhances safety, and reduces carbon emissions”.

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