SPM hoses

5 Things you need to know about SPM hose management

Focusing on your core business should be paramount, but that doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t have a good holistic overview of the parts that are making your offshore terminal tick. As SPM hoses are the lifeline to your terminal, there are 5 important things you need to know about managing them the right way.

NUMBER 1: SPM hose management strategy

It’s never too early or too late to set up an SPM Hose strategy. Designing your hose strategy with proper manufacturing and maintenance partnerships is key to keeping a good balance between cost and quality. 

When setting up your SPM hose management strategy, your goals should always reflect reliability and longevity. This means taking into account your fiduciary duties, safety risks and required efficiency. 

NUMBER 2: Points of failure need to be investigated

SPM hose maintenance is not to be taken lightly as it is directly linked to the reliability of your terminal. In order to avoid unforeseen downtime and the potential risks involved, we recommend finding the root cause. 

This means that every point of failure must be investigated. So before you hastily treat a symptom, ask yourself why it occurred in the first place. This approach favours the longevity of your terminal, ultimately helping you to predict failure and measure success over time. 

NUMBER 3: Proactive long term solutions 

As mentioned above, it is important to focus on the longevity of your terminal as this will help you to avoid worst-case scenarios, unexpected downtime and potential loss of income and reputation. That being said, a plan is only as good as its execution.

Therefore, when creating your SPM hose management strategy, you need to take operations and maintenance into account. Consider the processes to be followed during changeouts. Are the correct storage measures adhered to? How can you encourage and enforce accurate record-keeping? 

For this point, we think it is necessary to mention that no two terminals are alike. If you are following protocols and procedures set for another terminal, you could be spending more time and money on O&M than you have to. 

Doing a procedure for the sake of doing it does not increase efficiency and over time, this will not be sustainable. Find out what your terminal needs before making decisions that could hurt you in the long run. 

NUMBER 4: Change is inevitable

Regulations, technology and even the environment changes over time. This means that your SPM hose management plan must cater for change. 

While change brings risk that cannot be ignored, it also brings opportunity for innovation.

The most effective way to cater for change is to understand your terminal holistically. This means that you need to be aware of all influencing factors and relationships between its parts, whether physical, methodical or otherwise. 

When one can identify the factors that influence your SPM hoses (for example storage temperature), you can calculate the effect should a change occur in this area. By understanding the overall impact of this change on your hoses and the hose change on your terminal, you can begin to make informed decisions before the change has occurred. This proactive approach mitigates risk and saves cost. 

NUMBER 5: An emergency team on speed dial is a must!

Despite meticulous strategizing, rigorous process and contingency planning, your terminal is always at risk when things go wrong – which happens from time to time. Make sure that you have a reliable emergency hose maintenance team on speed dial. 
When was the last time you re-evaluated your SPM Hose Management plan? Reach out for a consultation today.

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