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BLS9200 Bilge / Flood Level Switches Now Certified for Hazardous Areas

We are excited to announce that our BLS9200 bilge / flood level switch has been assessed and certified as Intrinsically Safe. This means the switch can now be installed in hazardous areas, significantly expanding its application possibilities.

The BLS9200 has been certified to Ex ia IIC T5 Ga, meeting the primary safety standards of ATEX, IECEx, and UKCA. This is particularly beneficial for naval vessels, where areas near munitions are often classified as hazardous. With this certification, there are now no restrictions on where you can install the BLS9200, providing greater flexibility for your bilge and flood detection needs.

In addition, we can also reveal that our APT level transmitters have received enhanced approvals. The Intrinsic Safety certification for our APT500 and APT1000 level transmitters has now been updated to include UKCA approval, alongside the existing ATEX and IECEx approvals.

Furthermore, the DNV type approval for the APT500 and 1000 has been renewed under the mutual recognition standard, which means this Type Approval is now accepted by all members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

These enhanced certifications demonstrate our commitment to providing safe and reliable level solutions for a wider range of applications.

PSM Strengthens Presence in Egypt’s Tug Boat Market with New Tank Gauging Systems

We are pleased to announce the recent supply of tank gauging systems for a further six newbuild tug boat projects in Egypt. This builds upon our previous successes in the region and reaffirms the suitability of PSM’s solutions for tug boat applications.

Our proven combination of VPM display systems and digital networked APT sensors has become the go-to solution for tank gauging in Egypt’s tug boat market. These systems offer several key advantages:

  • Comprehensive and flexible VPM displays provide clear and easy-to-understand data on tank levels, streamlining operations for crew members
  • Simple and cost-effective installation allows for a straightforward installation process.

We are committed to fostering strong partnerships in the regions we serve. For this latest project, we collaborated with PEP Arab. In June, representatives from PEP Arab, along with senior engineering staff from the shipyard, will be visiting PSM for in-depth product training and discussions on future collaborative projects.

This visit underscores our commitment to providing exceptional customer support and furthers our strong presence in the Egyptian maritime industry.

PSM Hosts Successful Online Partner Training on Hydrostatic Transmitters

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the third session in our series of online interactive partner training sessions. The session, which focused on our range of hydrostatic transmitters, was attended by more than 50 individuals from agents and partners across more than 15 countries globally.

The training session provided a comprehensive overview of our hydrostatic transmitter product line. Participants gained valuable insights into the key differences between each product range, allowing them to make informed decisions when selecting the right sensor for specific applications. The session also addressed common mistakes made during the specification and installation of hydrostatic transmitters, equipping attendees with the knowledge to ensure accurate and reliable performance.

This successful training session demonstrates our commitment to providing its partners with the knowledge and resources they need to be successful. By offering interactive online sessions, we can ensure that our partners around the world have access to the latest product information and technical expertise.

Reliable Water Level Monitoring for the Medway Tunnel

For 28 years, the Medway Tunnel, underneath the River Medway, which connects the towns of Chatham and Strood in Kent, England, has relied on accurate water level monitoring to guarantee a safe passage for over 40,000 vehicles per day.

The tunnel has four strategically placed sumps, one at each end and two in the centre, and these sumps collect any water from the River Medway and road runoff. Shortly after the tunnel’s opening in 1996, our PSM level transmitters were installed in each sump.

The 4-20mA signals from these transmitters are fed into a PLC system that controls the pumping out of sumps, when the level reaches a predefined point, crucial for optimal water management, Because the level is controlled within a defined range, the transmitters were required to provide accurate measurement over a small range – 450mm for the central sumps and 1300mm for the larger end sumps, providing precise data within this critical zone.

The PSM transmitters have delivered exceptional performance throughout the tunnel’s operation. One transmitter is the original unit installed in 1996, while two were replaced in 2006 and two upgraded in 2009, meaning even the newest has worked reliably for over 15 years.

Recognising the critical role these instruments play, PSM is contracted to conduct annual checks and calibration certifications. These checks are performed during nighttime closures of the tunnel to ensure safety, and these inspections often reveal that the transmitters have maintained their accuracy, requiring no or minimal adjustments year after year.

 

Navigating the right PSM Product for your Vessel Type

At Scanjet PSM, we understand that every vessel has unique needs. With over 40 years’ experience serving the diverse needs of the Naval, Superyacht, Ferry, Tanker, Tugboat and Workboat markets, our dedicated project management team understand the unique challenges and requirements of each vessel type. We will work closely with you to identify the optimal instrumentation solutions for your vessel’s need.

If you are unsure which product is right for your vessel, we have created simple Application sheets for each of our key markets. These downloadable resources detail the most suitable products for your ship type.

Download the Application Sheets here and find the perfect fit for your vessel.

PSM’s Top Ten Guides to Tank Level Measurement

At PSM we have over 40 years of designing, building and improving marine level measurement systems. Using our years of experience and expertise in this field, we have pulled together the top thirty considerations and mistakes to avoid that will help reduce risks and avoid issues if you are commissioning and installing tank sensors and systems.

You can view the guide Top Ten Guides to Tank Measurement and if you require further information or advice then please don’t hesitate to contact us. As a specialist tank gauging solutions provider, we can help you avoid unnecessary costs and time-wasting issues that can impact your project completion.

With PSM’s guidance and support, you can be assured that all aspects of your tank gauging project will have been carefully thought through, and we give you the peace of mind that your tank level measurement system will be accurate, cost-effective and reliable.

 

Meet the Team – Dan Butson – Production Controller

I joined PSM in 1998 as a Welder, and since then have taken on a number of roles within the company, including Stores Controller, Team Leader and Auditor.

I currently hold the position of Production Controller, leading a team of Production Technicians and Apprentices. My responsibilities include day to day organisation and management of the team and ensuring that we meet all the production deadlines, so my work is very much hands on!

Outside of work I am an avid sports fan and support Manchester City, which is a lot easier than it used to be! I played football at local and county level for many years, and more recently have transferred my sporting interests to tennis and play for my local club, Haywards Heath Tennis Club. I am a huge music fan and regularly attend gigs and festivals, and also love films, often visiting local independent cinemas.

I am also a very proud uncle to my two nephews, Josh and Jacob.

Where You Can Find Us In 2024

Calling all maritime industry professionals, after a couple of years of disrupted events due to the pandemic, 2024 promises a wave of exciting events, conferences, and exhibitions across the globe.

Whether you are looking to network, learn about the latest maritime innovations, meet exhibitors, or connect with industry experts, below are a list of the maritime exhibitions that representatives from Scanjet PSM are currently planning to attend:

Asia Pacific Maritime (Singapore) – 13-15 April

Posidonia (Athens, Greece) – 3-7 June

Seawork (Southampton, United Kingdom) – 11-13 June

SMM (Hamburg, Germany) – 3-6 September

Monaco Yacht Show (Monaco) – 25-28 September

 

In addition to the planned events, we will also be making regular trips worldwide to meet our partners, distributors, and shipbuilders, so keep an eye on LinkedIn and subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep up to date with when and where.

Dedicated Draught Monitoring System for all Vessel Types

Based on our established and Type Approved VPM Display and Connect Software Platform, we have introduced a dedicated and accurate self-contained system to provide monitoring and indication of Vessel Draught at two or four points, as well as real-time Vessel Trim and Heel indication. The new Dedicated Draught Monitoring System includes a clear graphical presentation on the integral 7” colour touchscreen, which comes with a choice of day / night display modes.

Inputs are from our APT1000 transmitters, which are positioned on the hull at Forward, Aft, and Midships locations. Serial communication between the transmitters and display unit is via a single 4 core multidrop network which minimises cabling requirements, or for retrofit installations the transmitters can be operated as 2 wire 4-20mA units allowing existing cabling to be used.

The system is fully versatile and can be used on any vessel type. It includes all compensation factors necessary to relay the installed location of the transmitters to the hulls draught markings, so that the screen presentation is in agreement with observed draughts at the marks. Trim and heel values are also calculated from the draught sensor signals and can be displayed as required.

The new system comes with a host of benefits, including improved safety and stability as accurate draught, trim and heel information is key to safe operation and enhanced operational efficiency.

Recent installations of our Dedicated Draught Monitoring System include two systems supplied to Shannon Ferries for their RoRo Vessels, where we were able to make use of all existing cabling and pre-configure the system with all parameters making for a straightforward installation and system commissioning, which the Vessel owners were able to complete with no additional costs.

 

 

Looking Back on a Busy Year for PSM

It has been another exceptionally busy and rewarding year for PSM, with some high-profile project wins for Naval vessels and new product launches throughout the year.

Further project wins this year included full tank gauging system refits for the Mount Ventoux Ro-Ro Ferry and Cactus Crude Oil Tanker, a system upgrade for the Farsaell Fishing Vessel, and several full systems supplied for newbuild Superyachts, all testimony to the flexibility of our APT1000 Transmitter / VPM Display Systems.

We have also launched special variants of our Connect Monitoring System, to provide a dedicated vessel trim, heel and draught monitoring system in response to customer enquiries, and this has already been installed on several vessels, including Capesize Cargo Ships and Shannon Ferries as pictured below.

Closer to home, after our offices and factory were damaged by flooding, we have undertaken a compete restoration and upgrade project, which has streamlined and improved our production processes and working environments.

We are already planning ahead for 2024, and we look forward to sharing some exciting new developments with you in the new year.

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued customers, suppliers and agents a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2024 from everyone at PSM.

The PSM offices will be closed over the Christmas period from Friday 22nd December until Tuesday 2nd January.

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