Thermal Imaging Cameras Help Oil Tankers Navigate Safely Through Ice Infested Waters

Navigating an oil tanker in open water is very challenging. It becomes even more difficult and dangerous when navigating in ice infested waters. Shipping companies are more and more concerned about the safety of ice-class tankers during sub-zero operation and are looking for equipment that can help detect ice in arctic waters from a far distance so that collisions can be avoided. This growing concern is reinforced by the Oil Companies International Maritime Forum (OCIMF) recommendations.

Based on OCIMF recommendations, TMS Tankers decided therefore to install a FLIR Systems thermal imaging camera on board of two oil tankers that are operating in ice infested waters.

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), formed in April 1970 in response to the growing public concern about marine pollution, particularly by oil, after the Torrey Canyon incident in 1967 is a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. Its mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels. The OCIMF promotes continuous improvements in design standards and operation.

The FLIR M-625XP thermal imaging camera detects ice in total
darkness, in practically all weather conditions.  
On both vessels the FLIR M-625XP thermal imaging cameras
have been mounted in the “ball down” position.  

 

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Thermal Imaging Cameras Help Oil Tankers Navigate