Trelleborg’s oil & marine hose operation has launched the KLELINE STS oil transfer solution, which is set to upgrade safety and operability standards in ship-to-ship (STS) oil transfer around the world. This solution sets a new benchmark for safe and efficient ship-to-ship oil transfer, inspired by unique floating hose design, qualified to GMPHOM 2009 standard.
STS transfer is becoming an increasingly popular option among ship operators and managers, as it allows vessels carrying liquid cargo to transfer offshore. This is something that can be particularly economical when a ship has multiple unload points throughout its journey or when draught restrictions prevent it from entering the port. However, this type of transfer is particularly complex and requires proper coordination, equipment and approval to perform.
The KLELINE STS hose consists of two carcasses made of steel cables, which enables the hose to withstand accidental kinks or crushing forces. In Trelleborg’s nipple-less design, in contrast to a standard nipple hose design, there is no stiff metal connector in between different sections of the hose. The hose is therefore more flexible, and the continuous inner liner and integrated gasket create a perfect seal. This means there is no need for gaskets at each connection, increasing the simplicity of installation, resulting in a hose that can withstand stresses and strains for longer periods.