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Marine Growth Removal (MGR) Market By Equipment Type (Power Tool, Hand Tool), By Application (Subsea Construction, Vessel Hull Cleaning, Mooring Systems Cleaning, Others (Pile & Riser Cleaning, Platform Jacket Cleaning, Surface Preparation, Etc.)) - Growth, Future Prospects, Competitive Analysis And Forecast 2017 - 2025

Marine growth comprises a variety of soft-bodied and shelled-bodied marine organisms, typically found on solid subsea surfaces. Marine growth increases the structure weight by 5-15%, depending on the depth of its position. The hard fouling (hard marine growth) tends to increase the drag force on the structure. The wave force (hydrodynamic loading) is thus increased.

MGR helps reduce the base shear load by up to 16%. This can be achieved by removing the first bay of marine growth of all structural elements, including conductor piles. The axial pile load, especially in a 4-legged jacket, can be reduced by 6-16% depending on removing several bays of marine growth. Complete marine growth removal from the base and mud-line of the jacket/platform helps reduce the load by up to 60%, thereby increasing its fatigue life. Similar removal of marine growth from the second bay of the platform, the fatigue life of the jacket/platform can be enhanced up to 180% of its designed life.

Companies working in the harsh marine environment like the offshore oil and gas industry, port and harbor authorities, EPC companies, and marine vessel fleet owners and operators need to control the growth of marine plants and animals like corals, sponges, seaweeds, mollusks, and barnacles amongst others. The growth removal and control are vital in new and existing structures. MGR will assist in reducing the design allowances in new structures. Static loading, dynamic and hydrodynamic loading, and an increase in the overall fatigue life of offshore structures are achieved by the removal of marine growth. The overall jacket weight is also reduced to a great extent. All of the above factors, in totality, reduce the operational/repair, and maintenance costs of the offshore foundations.

Based on equipment used for MGR, the market is segmented into two types: power and hand tools. The power tool is further classified into underwater grit blasting, non-cavitating high-pressure water jets (10,000-15,000 PSIG), barnacle busters, and others. The other segment in power tools includes hydraulic rotary brushes, and hydraulic/pneumatic chipping hammers, amongst others. The hand tool segment is classified into wire brushes and scrapers. Of all the equipment, the handheld ones are risk-free. However, these tools are more useful in jobs with the least cross-section area to be covered for cleaning purposes. Based on the application, the market is classified into subsea construction, vessel hull cleaning, mooring chain cleaning, and others. The others segment includes pile cleaning, platform jacket leg cleaning, and surface preparation, among others.

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) region was the largest market for marine growth removal in 2016. After MEA, North America is expected to lead the market share. One of the major reasons for both the regions to lead the market is the high oil & gas exploration and production activities -in these regions. North America and Middle East & Africa collectively have the highest number of offshore structures than combined Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Hence, both regions will lead the market in terms of growth.

The key MGR equipment manufacturers, developers, suppliers, and service providers are but are not limited to ProServ, Ashtead Technology, Oilfield Testing Services Ltd., Marine Engineering Diving Services (MEDS), CaviDine LLC, IEV Group, and Found Ocean Ltd.

Based on equipment, the global marine growth removal (MGR) market is categorized into the following segments:

  • Power Tool
  • Underwater Grit Blasting
  • Non-Cavitating High-Pressure Water Jets (10,000-15,000 psi)
  • Barnacle Busters
  • Others (Hydraulic Rotary Brushes, Hydraulic/Pneumatic Chipping Hammer, ROVs [Remotely Operated Vehicles], etc.)
  • Hand Tool
  • Wire Brushes
  • Scrappers

Offshore oil & gas and wind energy projects often delay installing complete structures. These delays result in higher installation costs as marine debris can appear on the jacket leg and monopile surface. Surface cleanliness is critical in the installation of above-water structures or for grouting in the case of wind turbine installation.

Depending on the size (area) of clean-up, power tools or hand tools are used to clean the marine growth on structures. Marine growth is often hard and spread through large areas; power tools like pneumatic/hydraulic brushes and barnacle busters are utilized to clean the surfaces with large areas. Hand tools are utilized in case of smaller surface areas. The submerged surface often has some hook installations or upending pad-eyes that have intrinsic parts which are highly impossible for power tool equipment to reach there. Hence, for intrinsic part clean-up, often hand tools are engaged since power tools are larger, and they might not have reached such intrinsic areas.

Barnacles, mussels, and other hard growth involve barnacle busters and non cavitating high-pressure water jets. These power tool equipment, including hydraulic and pneumatic hammers and chippers, can practically clean any type of hard marine growth from mooring chains, mooring wires, risers, SSIVs (sub-sea isolation valves), vessel hulls, and other subsea constructions. For cleaning below the depth of 250m, ideally, human divers cannot dive in with power or hand tools. In this case, ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicle – both inspection and work class) or AUVs (Automated Underwater Vehicle) are engaged.

Based on application, the global marine growth removal (MGR) market is categorized into the following segments:

  • Subsea Construction
  • Vessel Hull Cleaning
  • Mooring Systems Cleaning
  • Others (Pile & Riser Cleaning, Platform Jacket Cleaning, Surface Preparation, etc.)

Vessel hull cleaning, underwater structures, oil & gas offshore facilities, and assets are the major applications where marine growth removal equipment is used. Hydraulic and pneumatic rotating motors with cleaning brushes of appropriate grades are used to remove calcareous marine growth like barnacles, mussels, and other mollusks. Depending on the surface area to be cleaned, NDT-Inspection (Non-Destructive Testing) of the area is carried out. Based on the reports, MGR equipment’s engaged in marine growth clean-up activity.

The subsea construction segment is expected to have the largest market share in the forecast period of 2017 to 2025. Vessel hull cleaning is the second most attractive segment of the marine growth removal market. Vessels include merchant vessels, tugs, FPSOs (Floating, Production, Storage, and Offloading), FDPSOs (Floating, Drilling Production, Storage, and Offloading), FLNG (Floating, Liquefied Natural Gas) vessels, rigs, spars, semi-submersibles, and TLP (Tension Leg Platform). Mooring systems cleaning segment includes wires, ropes, tools and tackles, buoys, and anchors thorough clean up. Marine growth often reduces the life of all equipment and materials in the mooring systems; hence, periodic maintenance is essential to be carried out.

Unless the vessel is under dry-docking, commonly used tools are hand scrappers or pneumatic brushes. Another effective tool is diver-held water-jetting equipment. This equipment is a non cavitating high-pressure water jet. Major contractual issues arise with vessel owners and operators, like the responsibility of MGR and clean-up for a vessel if it is chartered for more than a year. The owner's and charter party contracts often include MGR as a mutually exclusive entity.

Based on geographical distribution, the global marine growth removal (MGR) market is segmented into the following categories.

  • North America
  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • The U.K.
  • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Indian Sub-Continent
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • GCC
  • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

The offshore oil and gas facilities and shipping industry are major movers of the marine growth removal market globally. Since global trade activity is an ongoing process, vessels of all sizes move worldwide and dock at various ports. MGR equipment is an essential part of the shipping industry. Oil and gas are vital sources of energy and the only factor, as of today, to ensure the energy security of any country/region. Oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) activity is concentrated offshore. The offshore E&P activity is an ongoing process, and it is expected to flourish and thrive for at least 30-40 years from today. Combining these factors, MGR equipment and technology would therefore be essential for better operational efficiency.

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The market for Marine Growth Removal (MGR) is expected to reach US$ XX Bn in 2025.

The Marine Growth Removal (MGR) market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at XX%.

The report is forecasted from 2017-2025.

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SHTEAD Technologies, Business Description, Financial Information (Subject to data availability), Product Portfolio, Key Developments, CAVIDINE, Found Ocean, IEV Group are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Dec 2017
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