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Installation, Operating and Maintenance Instructions

MARINE BREAKAWAY COUPLING (MBC) Gail Thomson


PETAL VALVE
Document: PETALVALVEMBCIOM • Issue: D

Operating Strategy
The Petal Valve Marine Breakaway Coupling is self-motivated and self-energised, and requires no external operation.

Maintenance and Inspection Principles


Life Expectancy, Inspection and Maintenance Frequency
The design life span of the Gail Thomson Petal Valve Marine Breakaway Coupling is typically twenty years.
The Petal Valve Marine Breakaway Coupling does not require periodic maintenance, however, in order to protect the
item’s typical twenty year design life, a full strip-down inspection and refurbishment should take place every 3-5 years.
The maximum in-service life of the Petal Valve Marine Breakaway Coupling is 5 years, after which a full strip-down
inspection and refurbishment must take place.
The maximum between-service shelf life of a Petal Valve Marine Breakaway Coupling is 6 years, after which a full strip-
down inspection and refurbishment must take place.

Inspection Procedure
Gail Thomson recommends
1. Inspection of the Petal Valve Marine Breakaway Coupling is carried out annually, or at the sane time as the
periodic inspection of the hose string. This should include, but not be limited to:
a. Inspection of the Marine Breakaway Coupling for impact damage. If impact damage is found the Marine
Breakaway Coupling should be subjected to a strip-down inspection.
b. Inspection of the Marine Breakaway Coupling and adjacent hose string for marine growth. The Marine
Breakaway Coupling and adjacent hose string should be kept free of marine growth, where possible.
c. Inspection of the exterior coating of the Marine Breakaway Coupling for marine growth or corrosion.
Should there be substantial marine growth or corrosion, the Marine Breakaway Coupling should
undergo paint system refurbishment (please refer to Gail Thomson’s Surface Protection Specification
GTMSP1).
d. Inspection for stressing around the ‘parting line’ (see “Assembly Diagrams” on page 9). Hairline
cracks in the paint system may be ignored, however, if gaps of greater than 0.3ivm are foLind between
the unit’s body halves, Gail Thomson Environmental Ltd must be consulted.
e. Inspection for leakage around the ‘parting line’. Any indication of this must be referred to Gail Thomson
Environmental Ltd.
f. Inspection of the floatation collar(s) (if fitted), for damage and security of connection.
g. Pressure test in accordance with the recommendations of OCIMF in respect of hose string leak testing,
either separately, or within the assembled hose string, and to a pressure equivalent to the hose rated
pressure, or 1.5 times the maximum actual operating pressure of the hose string, whichever is the
lower.
2. A strip-down inspection and full refurbishment should take place every three to five years of service/storage.

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