Watertight Door Testing

Watertight doors (WTDs) are essential and critical parts of a ship’s safety infrastructure; in the event of a major incident they will block and contain ingress of water.  Shipping losses have continued to decline over the last decade – thanks in large part to a more robust safety environment and to increasing levels of regulation.

The sealing of watertight doors on ships must comply to SOLAS Reg II-1/11.1 and IACS (The International Association of Classification Societies) states that a periodic chalk test must be completed on all watertight doors.

But it is widely acknowledged that chalk testing is not an exact science and subsequent hose testing creates a mess onboard,  is not environmentally friendly and is wasteful.  As a result, many industry experts believe that a Watertight Ultrasonic Tester is a more modern, effective and reliable alternative to chalk and hose testing.

A further useful aspect of the Cygnus Hatch Sure is that the same unit can also be used for watertight integrity testing on any other closing appliances – or compartments of any structures -from offshore oil & gas platforms to transportation vehicles.

And thanks to Cygnus Hatch Sure’s variable power feature, this ultrasonic leak detector is able to adjust power output to suit all different sizes or areas under test.