New Pipe Seal Simplifies Shipyard Safety
St. Johns Ship Building Inc. in Palatka, Fla. ensures watertight
pipe penetrations in decks and bulkheads by using the Roxtec SPM
seal. When building the tug Delaware, the shipyard also used the
seal as vibration hanger in the compartments.
"Roxtec seals have greatly simplified our pipe installations,"
said pipe manager William Mann. "Where I once needed three people
to weld and provide fire watch, now I only need one."
The pipe installation team used to weld in a steel fitting and
install a screw pipe. This work took time, and occasionally
caused issues with dissimilar metals.
"We are able to work much more efficiently with the Roxtec SPM
seals," said William Mann. "We use them for the copper potable
water pipes and wherever we can."
Project manager Steve Torok of St. Johns Ship Building said the
yard will continue to use Roxtec seals when building and
refitting steel ships such as offshore supply vessels, barges and
The yard managed to save hours of work by installing the seals
also as vibration hangers in already painted compartments. There
was no need to go back in, cut extra holes, weld in hangers and
then clean and repaint the areas.
Apr 17, 2017