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Case Study

Vantage Drilling International Benefits From Ultrawave Ultrasonic Cleaning Equipment

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Global offshore drilling contractor, Vantage Drilling International, which operates and manages a fleet of high specification drilling rigs across the world, has employed the latest ultrasonic technology to clean cylinder heads on board the Platinum Explorer drillship.


The requirement to remove carbon from two cylinder heads weighing over 500KG led Vantage to search for a new process for this difficult cleaning application.

This challenge was increased due to limitations on manoeuvrability for installation on the ship, as well as electrical compatibility issues with the on board voltage of 690V.

Vantage contacted Ultrawave with their predicament, and was pleased with a proposal that would provide an effective solution to their cleaning requirement, whilst overcoming all challenges.

The Solution

As the Platinum Explorer is based in Singapore, face to face communication was limited by geographic location as well as time difference. Nevertheless Ultrawave was able to fully understand the customer’s requirements.

This, together with the experience of its technical team, allowed Ultrawave to design and manufacture, a large, robust, high performance ultrasonic cleaning system that meets Vantage Drilling’s cleaning requirements and stringent dimension restrictions on board.

The 1,280 Litre HDX ultrasonic cleaning system delivers excellent cleaning performance, removing carbon build up on the cylinder heads from the combustion processes. The heavy duty basket was designed specifically to support the cylinder heads, and operation was made easy through a separate control generator.

The incorporation of an overflow-weir and recirculation process enhances cleaning quality, whilst reducing water and detergent dosing frequency. This provides significant savings on overall cost and energy usage.

Matt Jacobs, Maintenance Supervisor at Vantage Drilling International, said: “We use the Ultrawave system to clean our cylinder heads and it performs very well – a fantastic piece of kit!”

Stephen Noyce, Sales Co-ordinator at Ultrawave, said: “The cleaning power of ultrasonic technology is astounding. We wanted to provide a system that will help Vantage Drilling International to overcome all their challenges with cleaning their cylinder heads. By listening to the customer, we were able to provide a system that exactly met those specifications”

Find out more about Ultrawave Ultrasonic Cleaning for Offshore requirements here