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Woodfield Systems Ltd.

Marine Loading Arms

Site Services
Engineering Services

Woodfield Systems Ltd.

Company Brochure
Who We Are & What We Do
Marine Loading Arms
Site Service/After-sales
Engineering Services
Codes & Standards

Worldwide Representation

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Woodfield Systems Ltd.

Who We Are & What We Do

Woodfield Systems started trading in 1922 and have
been designing and manufacturing Marine Loading
Arms since 1954. We became a wholly owned
subsidiary of Aker Solutions in 1998.
Woodfield Systems have been operating from the same site for the past 40
years. We enjoy the benefits of an experienced and skilled workforce who
offer a level of expertise unrivalled in the industry. The company is based on
the North Kent coast of England, just 55 miles from London and only 25 miles
from the Channel Ports.
We have design engineers, project management team, sales and support staff
employed at our Whitstable site, with a team of service engineers on various
assignments worldwide.
Our UK workshop facilities are specifically designed for swivel and
loading arm manufacture and assembly. In addition to this Aker Solutions
have facilities worldwide where manufacturing can be undertaken locally.
Areas where we are able to manufacture include India, Malaysia, Qatar, Dubai,
USA, China and Eastern Europe.

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Marine Loading Arms

Our Marine Loading Arms can be supplied as
manual, lever-hydraulic, electro-hydraulic with
either hardwired or wireless remote control.
Manually operated arms can be supplied with attachment brackets for the
later addition of hydraulic operations. Operational limiting controls and
other warning devices are available as optional extras. Woodfield Arms,
although normally fixed in one jetty position, can be mounted on movable
trailers or rail tracks to provide dockside flexibility.

Several types of quick connect/disconnect couplings are available for the

full range of Loading Arms. An emergency disconnect coupling is also
available as an operator initiated device or as part of a sequence controlled
shut down disconnect system.
Both our ambient and cryogenic swivels are well proven within the industry
and fully compliant with OCIMF Design & Construction Specification for
Marine Loading Arms. The LNG swivel has also been life cycle tested. In
addition to being used within our Marine Loading Arms our swivels are
used in offshore loading systems by other companies within Aker

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Marine Loading Arms

The Woodfield range of Marine Loading Arms

extends from 4 dia. up to 24 dia., for handling
crude oil, refined products, slurries, chemicals,
LPG, Ethylene and LNG. The equipment can
operate in temperatures ranging from -164C to
Standard Design Features:

Minimum maintenance
Self Supported Product Pipe (Ambient loading arms)
Structurally Supported Product Pipe (LNG loading arms)
Carbon Steel / Stainless Steel Product Pipe
Rigid Pantograph Link (No wire ropes - low maintenance)
Self Lubricating Bushes
Stainless Steel Hydraulic Lines and Fittings
All product swivels seals fully serviceable in situ
Loading arm fully balanced in all positions whilst empty

Optional Design Features:

Emergency Release Systems

Remote Lubrication
QC/DC Coupler - Manual or Hydraulic
Product Stripping System
Manifold Support Jack
Ladder & Platforms to inboard swivels
Vacuum Breaker Valve

Gas Return Line

Drain Valves
Mobile Trailer Mounting
Overreach Alarm
Position Monitoring Systems
N Purging System

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Marine Loading Arms

Key design
The most important feature of a
Marine Loading Arm is the swivel
joints. These are required to be
capable of resisting bending
moments, shearing forces and
axial load combinations while
characteristics and simple
maintenance. There are a total of
6 product swivels on a Marine
Loading Arm.
Swivel joints allow for movement
of the arm in all planes and freely
follow the motion of the tanker
when connected. These joints are
required to carry high loads and
must not allow any product
On an LNG Marine Loading Arm the loading arm components must
undergo a cooling process to prevent thermal shock prior to the products
To reduce tanker turn around time an optimum cool down procedure was
developed using finite element analysis (FEA) methods to achieve as short
a time as possible without causing any overstressing.
Specific features of WSL Swivels are:

Single track allows for accurate calculation of bearing capacity and is

not subject to problems of machining tolerances as experienced in
multi-track swivels

For cryogenic use, the entire swivel unit is stainless steel, which
actually increases in strength at low temperatures. For ambient
applications carbon steel is the preferred material of construction.

Seal design used will withstand design operating pressures, vacuum

conditions and high flow velocities.

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Marine Loading Arms

Innovation in design
Downtime costs money and with tight shipping schedules and complex
equipment to be inspected and maintained, reduced downtime is essential.
Aker Solutions-Woodfields drive to find cost driven solutions focussed on
one particular area of the loading arm design; the rigid pantograph link
system. The use of a wire rope system necessitates frequently planned
maintenance activities and inspection leading to increased downtime of the
As a result all Aker Solutions-Woodfield Marine Loading Arms are supplied
with a rigid pantograph link system. This arrangement consists of a rigid
linkage (not wire rope) between the outer arm and secondary
counterbalance weight support member situated behind the pedestal head
assembly. This rigid linkage therefore balances the outer arm
independently of the inner arm and is maintenance free due to the
non-lubricated bearings.
Rigid pantograph
link system

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Marine Loading Arms - MK9S

The Woodfield LNG Marine Loading Arm is
specifically designed for the transfer of liquefied
natural gas (LNG). The loading arm features a
structurally supported product pipe to cope with
the mechanical stresses.

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Marine Loading Arms - MK9

The Woodfield MK9 Marine Loading Arm is
designed for general purpose service with the
extra strength and support required in the use of
emergency release systems and other similar

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Marine Loading Arms - MK6

The Woodfield MK6 Marine Loading Arm is
designed for lightweight service solutions where
emergency release systems and other similar
applications are not required.

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Marine Loading Arms - ACW

The Woodfield ACW Marine Loading Arm is
designed for manual operation for lightweight,
ambient service solutions where emergency
release systems and other similar applications are
not required. Typically it is suitable for barge
loading and other small ocean going vessels.

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Emergency Release Systems

We can supply emergency release systems for
Marine Loading Arms to incorporate the following

Fire safe ball valves to API 607 1993

4th edition

Ball valves designed to minimise

spillage on release

Ball valves mechanically

interlocked to ensure simultaneous
separation during an emergency

Ball valve closure time which can

be adjusted between 5-15 seconds
with flow regulators located in the
hydraulic control cabinet

Mechanical/hydraulic interlock
valve which prevents disconnection
before ball valves are fully closed

Emergency release collar

which incorporates a stored energy
feature to ensure clean separation

Emergency release collar which has

a shear pin to avoid accidental
operator intervention

An over centre mechanical lock

which prevents accidental release

Emergency release collar which will

remain clamped in the event of
hydraulic or electrical power failure

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Quick Connect Couplers

We can supply quick connect/disconnect couplers
for Marine Loading Arms to incorporate the
following features:

Manual or hydraulic operation

Lubrication of all moving parts

without dismantling the coupler

Coupler clamps which are designed

to work simultaneously

Mechanism designed to exert an

even pressure on ships manifold
thereby avoiding overstressing of
the flange

An over centre mechanical lock to

prevent accidental release

External guides for correct

alignment to vessel manifold

Coupler which remains clamped in

the e v e n t o f h y d r a u l i c o r
electrical power failure

Portable hand pump supplied for

manual release in the event of
hydraulic or electrical power failure

Coupler strength based on OCIMF

Snap connectors to hydraulic lines

to ensure no leakage of hydraulic
oil when fitted with ERS

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Control Systems
The design of the control system for the loading
arm is based on a fail-safe principle wherein any
failure such as electrical power failure will
automatically put the loading arm into the
hydraulic freewheel mode.
When connected the arm will always
safely follow the tankers movements
throughout the working envelope and
drift ranges. The principle of the
system is based on using handheld
trailing lead or radio control pendant
which can be operated from the jetty or
tanker deck.
Our supply includes:

Jetty control panel/desk

Logic panel

Local/remote selector switch

Alarm monitoring equipment

Direct-on-line motor starter will be

supplied on the berth to include the

Isolator switch


Start pushbutton

Stop pushbutton

Terminals for remote 'start' and





In addition to the above we can also

supply a more simplified lever
hydraulic control system if required.

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Marine Loading Arms

In our 50 years within the marketplace we have
supplied Marine Loading Arms to most major
suppliers in the Oil & Petrochemical Industry.
Recent highlights include:Ambient Loading Arms
20, 16 & 12 MLA for Petrobras, Brazil
16, 10 & 8 MLA for Repsol, Spain
20 MLA for Maasvlakte Oil Terminal, Holland
10 MLA for Exxon, UK/Singapore
10 MLA for BP UK/Greece
8 & 10 MLA for Star Petroleum, Thailand
LNG Loading Arms
16 MLA for ADGAS, Abu Dhabi
16 MLA for Asia Pacific LNG Ltd., Indonesia

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Site Services/After-Sales
The Service and Installation department at
Woodfield Systems Limited has some of the most
experienced site engineers in the loading arm
We can offer trained engineers
refurbishment and training.




For all refurbished, overhauled and new Marine Loading Arms we can
supply all management and on-site facilities to supervise the installation
and commissioning, meeting the clients safety requirements. The work can
be undertaken around shipping schedules, keeping any downtime to a
Services offered include:

Maintenance programmes suitable for any make of equipment

Testing procedures for Marine Loading Arms and emergency release



Safety Inspections

In-house training programmes

On-site training programmes

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Engineering Services
Woodfield Systems Limited offers the design and
manufacture of Skid Modules/Packages for the Oil
and Petrochemical Industries.

Skid Package Pipework can be constructed from:

Duplex/Super Duplex

Stainless steel

Carbon Steel

Cupro Nickel


Alloy 825

Chrome moly P11 group

All the above to suit client process requirements.

Welding capabilities include:




Fabrications of up to 20 tonnes (single lift) can be undertaken

BS EN ISO 15614-1 : 2004

BS EN 287 PART 1 : 1992


PED Module H (97/23/EC)

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Codes & Standards

The Marine Loading Arm(s) will be designed,
manufactured and tested in accordance with the
following specifications, codes and standards:O.C.I.M.F.

Design & Construction Specification for Marine Loading Arms

BS EN 1474:1997
Installation and Equipment for LNG Design and Testing of Marine

Loading Arms
ASME B31.3

Chemical Plant & Petroleum Refinery Piping

ASME Section IX
Welding Qualifications


Structural Components
SIS 05 5900
Swedish Standard for Surface Preparation for Painting


Non Destructive Examination


Materials Certificates

Electrical Installations

Electrical Apparatus for Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

NFPA 59A & 70

US Electrical Equipment/Installation
EU Directives

EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC.

EU Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC.

EU ATEX 100 (a) Directive 94/9/EC.

Client Requirements

Specific Client/Project Specifications

WSL System Cert

ISO 9001:2000 (SGS)

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Worldwide Representation
Woodfield Systems Ltd. has a wide and experienced
network of agents across the world. They are all
familiar with our products and services and are happy
to provide information and assistance throughout the
project lifecycle and into the after-sales and
maintenance period.
We have approved agents in the following regions:
Sri Lanka
South Africa
Hong Kong/Macau
New Zealand
Middle East
Saudi Arabia

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HSE Mindset
We take personal responsibility for HSE because we care.

Delivering Results
We deliver consistently and strive to beat our goals.

Open and Direct Dialogue

We encourage early and honest communication.

Customer Drive
Building customer trust is key to our business.

Hands-on Management
We know our business and get things done.

People and Teams

All our major achievements are team efforts.

Contact us
Postal address:
Woodfield Systems Limited, Tyler way, Swalecliffe, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 2RS, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1227 793 351
Fax: +44 (0) 1227 793 625

Issue: Dec. 2008