The new Ultrafloat Dual Floatation Collar for a 16 inch MBC delivers an extra 102Kg of reserve buoyancy. This advantage adds to what is already the lightest MBC on the market. Stress to adjacent hoses is therefore eliminated.
Ultrafloat also negates the use of special hoses with increased reserve buoyancy adjacent to the MBC.
This extra 102Kg reserve buoyancy will prove to be useful throughout the lifetime of the terminal when adjacent floating hoses have lost some of their reserve buoyancy due to ageing, damage to the built-in hose floatation material or crossed hoses in heavy seas.
The securing mechanism of the Ultrafloat is also much improved on previous floatation options. The unique chamfered edges of Ultrafloat are designed to reduce drag and inspection windows allow the MBC to be inspected without the need to remove it from the line (see Figure 3).