Maritime Developments recently delivered a portable vertical lay system (PVLS) as part of a complete flexible pipe laying spread. The system includes a 350 t reel drive system, capable of handling multiple reels and it has key features to reduce the vessel mission cycle – such as eliminating the need to sea fasten the reels to the deck.
A portable solution that can be assembled on the quayside
Maritime Developments’ PVLS begins work on a major North Sea development this summer. The new equipment is a portable solution that can be assembled on the quayside, before being installed on the vessel. It has a compact footprint which allows more mission equipment to be carried on deck, therefore reducing port visits. Furthermore, its design allows for operations over the side of the vessel, which can open up additional operational sea state windows.
Significantly reduced vessel days
Utilisation of new technologies is often a way of making significant, long-lasting savings. Whilst investment may seem difficult to justify, when you review the large-scale benefits, potential return is staggering. Returns come from reduced overall vessel time – factoring in the time a vessel spends in port preparing for the mission, at sea executing the project and removing the mission-specific equipment upon return to port.
According to Maritime Developments’ client, the integrated system offered significantly reduced vessel days in comparison to other methods, thus reducing their costs in the long-term.
Mission time is vessel time, vessel time is the big money
Derek Smith, CEO of Maritime Developments, commented: “In recent months, we have been speaking to our existing and potential clients across the globe about cost-saving options and our portfolio of product handling equipment, in particular our portable vertical lay system.” He continued: “The response we received has been staggering. Our proposed solutions worked as an eye-opener to our commercial and technical audience on the potential returns from using equipment that is smarter, quicker to mobilise and takes up less space.”
“Saving is all about mission time - mission time is vessel time, and vessel time is the big money,” said Smith. “A system that keeps the vessel size to a minimum, reduces the operation time and utilises clever design details that reduce the time taken to fit and remove the mission-specific back-deck spread whilst in port results in huge savings, which ultimately the operator will feel in their pocket.”
Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner