Northern Platforms Ltd is pleased to be the exclusive regional manufacturing representative for FMC Technologies covering Western Canada, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. FMC Technologies has been providing reliable fluid loading and transfer systems since 1956. Today’s advanced technology capabilities are meeting customer requirements from conceptual design to installation and ongoing maintenance for marine loading installation. Through its worldwide experience combined with highly capable engineers FMC Technologies can design and deliver the solution to best meet any of your fluid loading and transfer application.
Chiksan ® Marine Arms form the cornerstone of complex, high technology installations for all loading and unloading of fluids at portside locations. For nearly 50 years, FMC Technologies has provided the best solutions to meet your specific requirements, regardless of the viscosity or temperature of the liquid, from liquid sulphur to liquefied natural gas (LNG), and from either river barges or the largest crude oil carriers.
FMC has the experience and ability to meet your specific loading and unloading requirements. With design experience second to none, Chiksan Marine Loading Arms are the answer for transfers of all liquids and gases.
A Chiksan Marine Loading Arm is an articulated pipe system incorporating the world proven Chiksan® swivel joints equipped with patented replaceable “snap-in” ball races, an innovative concept allowing for freedom of movement in the arm while connected to the vessel to be loaded or unloaded.
FMC Technologies provides a complete range of accessories to enhance the operating safety and optimize the maintenance of Chiksan Marine Loading Arms. These technologically advanced, field proven options include hydraulic Quick Connect/Disconnect Couplers (QC/DC), Manual Quickcon couplers, Position Monitoring System (PMS), Emergency Release Systems (ERS), piggyback vapor return lines and other equipment.
FMC offers the following range of standard Marine Loading Arm models, available either in manual or fully powered versions. Each model has multiple configurations to best meet the specific needs of each installation, such as vessel tonnage, variations in water levels, maximum operating and survival wind conditions, earthquake factors, operating and minimum environmental temperature, maximum flow rate of the fluid, various loading scenarios (various combinations of connexion cases when several arms are on the jetty), etc.
A single main counterweight assembly is used to balance the inboard and outboard sections of the arm, with an additional small countermight assembly to adjust inboard arm balancing.
Two counterweight assemblies balance independently the inboard and outboard sections of the arm, requiring less space for counterweight clearance behind the arm and avoiding any interference with jetty piping/ equipment even when the arm is moved out of its normal separating range.
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