Ultrasonics testing onboard historic HQS Wellington


The Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) invited Coltraco Ultrasonics aboard their headquarters, the historic HQS Wellington, alongside Victoria Embankment in London recently.

HCMM is a London Livery Company with membership open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies and CEO of Coltraco Ultrasonics, Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter, is also a member.

Built in 1933, the Wellington is the last surviving member of the Grimsby class of sloops, which served valiantly during the Second World War. The Wellington Trust ensures the preservation of this historic ship. The engineering team from the Trust invited members of the Coltraco team to test metal thickness and corrosion onboard using the Portagauge 3 portable single echo ultrasonic thickness gauge – manufactured by Coltraco Ultrasonics in the UK.

Testing of the Portagauge 3 and its sister product the Portagauge 4 triple echo multigauge led to sound results helping to prove the ship’s worthiness for years to come.

After testing HCMM and Coltraco Ultrasonics teams discussed topics including encouraging a safety culture at sea, women in maritime and Coltraco’s CEO’s vision for eradicating modern slavery at sea. In line with the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy focussing on improving safety at sea, Coltraco Ultrasonics’ technology is designed to deliver the Safeship: improving safety for vessel, crew and assets. The core range targets the two main causes of vessel loss sinking (by watertight integrity testing) and fire (by fire suppression system testing).

Coltraco Ultrasonics thanked the Honourable Company of Master Mariners for inviting the team onboard.