Why Marine NDT?
Nondestructive testing is a service that allows customers to have the material on various types of marine vessels inspected for any flaws that may compromise the integrity of the said ship. Service providers for these nondestructive tests are able to inspect any vessel, regardless of size. From small fishing boats to cargo ships hauling tons of costly cargo. It is vital that a watercraft is regularly inspected in order to front the rough seas.
According to an article posted by Britannica, the use of waterborne vessels was recorded as early as 4000 BCE. Within the past 6,000 years, humans have become quite masterful in manufacturing the many shapes and sizes that boats presently come in. Though, our expertise does not allow us to underestimate the harsh saline environment that blankets more than 70 percent of the Earth. These conditions can leave boats vulnerable to corrosion, further justifying the importance of marine NDT.
With the use of specialized nondestructive testing equipment service providers, such as AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc., are able to inspect areas prone to cracking, corrosion, or any other underlying issues that cannot be easily identified. This would not be possible if AMI was not equipped with a cache of assorted nondestructive testing equipment all fitted to perform specific tasks, such as:
- Eddy Current
- Phased Array Ultrasonics
- Infrared Thermography
- Magnetic Particle
- Liquid Penetrant
Considering the Dangers at Sea
Every year millions will embark on journeys across the vast ocean, some for business and some pleasure, and thanks to services like marine NDT the journey can be made with peace of mind. Consider how it must have been sailing some of the world’s most dangerous seas with a vessel made of rickety material. According to an article posted by Sea Chest, “The World’s Roughest Seas”, a few of these notoriously violent stretches of the sea are Ocean Crossings, Drake Passage, Southern Ocean, Cook Strait, Bay of Biscay, and the South China Sea.
These aforementioned areas are prone to tough tides, high winds, and stormy seas, without proper preparation passage through these areas can lead to disaster. The same article posted by the Sea Chest also recommends a few tips when put in the position where going around rough waters is not an option. They are as follows:
- A vessel with a deep draft, low superstructure and stabilizers below the waterline (to reduce rolling) will serve you far better than a boat without them.
- Know the limits of both you as a sailor and of your boat. Even boats designed to resist strong winds can be outdone by a combination of high water and wind, raising the possibility of a rigging failure or capsize.
- Ensure all safety equipment – including flotation devices, distress signals, torches, bilge pumps and tools – are working, and is readily available should you need it.
- If sailing, know how to deal with heavy winds by learning to reef your sail, avoiding a knock down and close hauling & close reaching in high winds.
Without a doubt, the issue of weather is usually up to the place, time of year and, of course, Sailors chance. Sea Chest also posted another article titled “What Makes the World’s Roughest Seas so Dangerous”, which detailed dangers that come with being on the open sea. Sea Chest specified that two particular factors pose threats to sailors: Wind waves and swell. A dangerous combination can be areas plagued by both wind waves and swells.
Now, the above-mentioned tips will not serve a sailor any good with faulty equipment, and the only way to ensure the material in use is durable will be by marine NDT. Unless a sailor would like to pull their vessel apart. Which would not be ideal.
In Need of Marine NDT?
When faced with such volatile factors, that science cannot always predict accurately, who will you trust to ensure your vessel is truly sea-worthy? To truly be secure in your decision, a reputable company with a history in the field would be ideal.
The services provided by AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc., are used by big-name companies, like DHL, American Airlines, Delta, etc., for nondestructive testing to ensure the safety of the large volume of customers that trust them to travel across oceans and countries in planes able to fit over 100 people. They offer their nondestructive examinations to consumers in various industries, including those in charge of airplanes, buildings, highway structures, and of course vessels in need of marine NDT.
AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc. employs experienced professionals outfitted with top-level equipment to detect flaws unseen by the naked eye, something that could have come in handy for those sailing unsound vessels. With passionate employees and a cache of key nondestructive inspection equipment, they are able to service clients globally.
As advertised on the “Locations We Serve” page, AMI is capable of providing service to consumers in the USA, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Though if you find yourself sailing the sea and looking to the sky, you may also count on AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc. for airplane refurbishment.
From Marine NDT to Airplane Refurbishment?
AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc. has a grand reputation inspecting structures, planes, and marine vessels alike for any flaws that can lead to detrimental breakdowns. Though, many aircraft owners have also looked to them for interior refurbishment.
AMI is one of the industry leaders in refurbishing aircraft interiors, with a focus on elegance and style. Services offered for refurbishing the interior of an aircraft are crew and passenger seats repair, window repair, laminating/tedlaring, aircraft veneering, cabinetry, upholstery, fabrication, carpets, and even aero graphics.
With these services, clients will be able to truly reinvent their private or commercial aircraft to welcome passengers into an elegant and comfortable environment. Commercial airliners will be able to provide their customers with high-quality felts for passenger seats, repair windows for the passenger mesmerized with what they see at 30,000 feet in the air, and even the carpet that welcomes them onto the plane. Private aircraft owners will be able to customize their jet to truly represent themselves and give their guests an experience tailored by them.
Professionals working under AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc. have experience paying attention to every detail through aircraft customization, giving them the invaluable patience that will be an asset in marine NDT. As a result, customers understand that these specialists will not miss any fault in their material.