Why Is CCTV Important on Offshore Platforms?

The safety and security of offshore oil and gas platforms has improved hugely following disasters such as Deepwater Horizon. But as infrastructure ages, and greater efficiency is required, there are still challenges to be faced.

The protection of personnel, of expensive equipment and of production processes is essential in such valuable and remote installations. Given the remote locations and nature of these installations, they are unfortunately prime targets for vandalism, theft, trespassing or terrorist attack. 

CCTV has a wide range of uses onboard. From workplace safety, to machine monitoring and anti-piracy deterrents. Video surveillance helps intercept risks, suspicious events, theft, malfunctions and accidents in a timely manner. 

Pumps and control rooms can be monitored with state-of-the-art IP or analogue video surveillance as a ‘virtual eye’, especially in environments unfit for humans – places with toxic fumes, gas, or high temperatures. 

Most other areas can be supervised with marine cameras housed in robust and durable casings. These casings protect from environmental corrosion, UV damage, water, humidity and even bullets. 

Explosion-proof cameras ensure that surveillance in hazardous environments can continue seamlessly and safely. These cameras ensure that any sparks originating within their housings are contained, and that the outside temperature of the device is kept within certain parameters.

Reliability and quality of the CCTV system are essential criteria. Likewise, long-term support with available upgrades. 

Offshore Communications specialises in maintaining, installing and testing these critical systems and is a preferred vendor for many brands. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.