Marine engineering services, including offshore and renewable sub-sectors, represents a substantial proportion of the Cylinder Service Centre's business.
It is in the very nature of the marine industries that a great deal of equipment employed uses hydraulic and pneumatic technology and so the specialist services provided by Cylinder Service Centre in these areas are much in demand. This does include marine engines and marine diesel engines in particular.
Although the renewable sector (such as offshore, or onshore wind based electricity generation) is still in its infancy we have seen significant growth in demand from this sector in recent years and expect that trend to continue as this part of the marine industry develops, expands and machinery ages.
For all maritime applications special consideration has be made for the extremely hostile machine environment. Not only is machinery often fully exposed to the elements, the added corrosive component of salt water makes things much worse.
This means that strip-downs are more challenging for failed components and for this our specialised stripping rig comes in really useful. The Stripping Rig allows repairs to be effected on hydraulic, or pneumatic assemblies from marine equipment, or marine engines, that may otherwise have to be completely discarded.
The inevitable surface damage from difficult strip downs means we often need metal spray to correct the damage, but as this is a standard in-house process, this usually does not present too much of a problem.
Careful consideration must be given to coatings and an approach that minimises the risk of corrosion, while still maintaining the important performance requirements of the assembly in its marine application, requires highly specialsed design skills that The Cylinder Service Centre has in-house
Marine Industry Background
It is estimated that the marine industries generate sales of £7.6bn a year from the UK (of which about £4bn comes from exports). This contributes £3.1bn to GDP and employs around 105,000 people.
The Crown Estate estimates that the wider marine-related economy generates around £46bn of the UK’s GDP and provides 890,000 jobs.
These figures were sourced from the UK MARINE INDUSTRIES STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK March 2010. This document, produced by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills provides a forward looking vision of new opportunities for the maritime industry in the coming years. It splits the industry into 4 main areas, namely:
- The leisure sector
- The naval sector
- The commercial sector
- Marine renewable energy
For the most part, Cylinder Service Centre services the last 2 industries although it is still early days for the marine renewable energy sector.
The commercial sector can be further broken down into areas such as:
- Marine equipment general (including shipping)
- Ports and terminals
These are the areas where we provide the bulk of our hydraulic and pneumatic repair and manufacturing services.