Turning restrictions into effective, integrated designs
The design of the 550t flex-lay tower includes a tiltable top, that folds away in a matter of minutes to meet the height limitations. In addition, the vertical lay system is positioned directly aft of the accommodation in a forward orientated manner. Compared to the usual design for flexible pipe laying vessels, in which the tower faces towards the stern and tilts towards the deck, this results in more free deckspace, which is important considering the length limitations.
Another smart solution to save valuable space on deck, is the integration of the chutes into the steel structure of the vessel for pipe loading over the stern. Pipe is fed through a loading tensioner on deck and passes over intermediate guide chutes, before being loaded into one of two underdeck carousels (2,500t and 1,500t).
These solutions could only be achieved by opting for a single supplier for both vessel and equipment. By included the pipe lay equipment in the concept design of the vessel, we could ensure the best technical solutions were applied and vessel, pipe lay equipment and interfaces are integrated seamlessly. Moreover, Sapura had one point of contact for the entire duration of the project.
All in all, Sapura was very satisfied with the one-stop-shop approach and technical solutions. Based on our proposal, Sapura initially ordered two fully integrated 550t pipe laying vessels in 2012. In August 2013, an order for three additional vessels was placed. The SAPURA DIAMANTE, SAPURA TOPÁZIO, SAPURA ÔNIX, SAPURA JADE and SAPURA RUBI were all delivered on or ahead of schedule and their performance is unmatched in the industry.
“We have seen excellent progress of the Brazil operations with SAPURA DIAMANTE, SAPURA TOPAZIO and SAPURA ÔNIX operating at a commendable average utilisation rate of between 98%- 99%.”
(Sapura Annual Report 2015)
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