Gall Thomson, leaders in Marine Breakaway Couplings (MBCs), has reached a milestone by supplying its 2000th MBC. The MBC is the latest Petal17 design and is destined for Mundra Port in India.
Adani Ports, India’s largest private multi-port operator, will use the MBC to offload crude oil on a Calm Buoy at one of its floating terminals. Of the 27 Calm Buoys operating in India, virtually all are fitted with Gall Thomson MBCs.
Gall Thomson MBCs are designed to automatically activate and shut off product flow when there is undue tensile load on the hose string or an unacceptable surge in flow. The MBC then separates. Of the 2000 Gall Thomson MBCs manufactured and supplied, there have been close to 300 activations; 17 of which have been in India. According to the company, all have operated exactly as designed — protecting against major pollution events with minimum product outflow following activation.
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