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Piping venture enjoys successful first contract

29 Apr 2010

When Harris Pye Group, of UK, and Future Pipe Industries, of The Netherlands, signed a collaboration to work together supplying glass fibre reinforced epoxy pipe systems (GRE) to the marine, cruise, industrial and selected areas in the oil and gas sectors in mid-2009, they were able to announce their first contract would be on board Carnival UK’s ‘Ocean Village 2’.

This contract has been successfully completed, and Ocean Village 2, now renamed Pacific Jewel, has become the third cruise ship in the P&O Cruises Australia fleet.

Both HPG and FPI specialise in providing services for installing and upgrading GRE pipe work, and both are said to be highly experienced in conversion work, replacing steel with GRE. For this contract FPI supplied the GRE material and HPG carried out the installation. The work was undertaken because a new system was required to allow discharge in port at the same time that the grey water tanks are filling. The previous system on board Ocean Village 2 discharged through the filling lines after the vessel had left port; however an extended stay in Istanbul necessitated discharge to a shore facility.

“It was good to put our collaboration to the test like this,” says Mark Prendergast, managing director of HPG. “We are now FPI’s exclusive marine representative, distributor and installation contractor in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.”

Material used for the project included 250m of DN125 GRE pipe and 80m of DN150 GRE pipe (in both cases Wavistrong) as well as 200 tees, 90° bends, 45° bends and all necessary sockets and flanges; and two 200m³/hr pumps.

“There were three key reasons for the choice behind GRE,” explains Don Moffat, managing director of Harris Pye Australia. “Firstly, its long term corrosion resistant properties; secondly the low weight of materials; and thirdly ease of installation. There is very limited welding required which means less manpower is necessary, always a consideration when there is limited cabin availability for the work squad.

“HPG is one of Carnival UK’s approved contractors and also had the necessary labour to carry out the successful installation which took place in while the vessel was in service. We now have a thriving base in Australia so perhaps our relationship with Pacific Jewel will continue over the years as she cruises ‘down under’.”