Scour Prevention Systems Ltd. (SPSL) is a young dynamic company with an innovative cost-effective solution to protect marine structures from scour. SPSL has developed a Scour Prevention Mat which is an effective solution to the problems of scour occurring around piles, foundations and subsea cabling.
Scour Prevention Mats consist of recycled car tyres joined together and laid onto the seabed. Once installed, the Scour Prevention Mat fills with seabed material, be it sand, mud or gravel, stabilising the seabed and preventing further scour. Whilst technologically simple, it is internationally protected by a range of patents.
Scour Prevention Mats take advantage of the fact that the density of the tyres and that of the surrounding seabed is very similar. Not being significantly lighter, they don't float away, and not being heavier, they don't sink or move. In effect they are a completely inert protective skin over the seabed.